Develop a Family Emergency Communications Plan in case family members are separated from one another during an emergency (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school). This plan should also address reuniting after the immediate crisis has passed.
Ask an out-of-state relative or a friend to serve as the Family Emergency Communications Plan contact person. During and immediately after a disaster occurs, it is often easier to access a long distance telephone number than a local one. So calling outside a disaster area is usually easier than calling into or within the same area.
Make sure everyone knows the name, address and telephone number of the Family Emergency Communications Plan contact person.
Designate two meeting areas for family members – one within your community (your primary location), and one outside of your community (your alternate location). Sometimes an emergency could impact your neighborhood or small section of the community, so a second location outside of your community would be more accessible to all family members.
Be familiar with the Emergency Plans at your children’s school as well as your place of business.
A Family Emergency Communications Plan can help reassure everyone’s safety and minimize the stress associated with emergencies.
BE SURE TO:
- Assure that your entire family knows and understands your plan.
- Talk about how you will reach each other in different emergencies.
- Think about making an out-of-town family member or friend a point of contact should you get separated for any reason.