Make A Plan
and practice a Family emergency plan. Consider the range of potential
emergencies and all the places you and your Family might be. Some
emergencies require different responses than others, but a Family
communications procedure will be helpful in any case. Knowing how
to keep in touch and find one another will help your Family stay
safe and cope with the confusion and fear that come when emergencies
|Make a Plan
friendly Family emergency plan
Making a plan is simple…just think of the 5 W’s!
||Who: Gather input
from all members of your Family to consider all possibilities
and make them more likely to remember important steps when
an emergency happens. Choose a contact person, a Family member
or friend living somewhere else whom you can all contact in the case of an event.
||What: Plan for all hazards that
could affect your Family, considering potential hazards and
weather patterns in your region. Think through each possible
emergency situation, and determine how your Family should respond.
||Where: Think about all the places
you and your Family may be throughout the day, such as home,
office, school and in transit. Establish meeting places and
discuss situations to use them.
||When: Because emergencies can
happen at any time, make your Family emergency plan immediately.
Review the plan annually and whenever there are major
changes in your Family situation, schedule or activities.
||Why: Emergencies are unpredictable and scary.
By establishing and practicing a Family emergency plan, you
and your Family are more likely to find each other quickly
and help one another get through the emergency situation safely
and with less worry.
Practice Your Plan
Making an emergency plan is just the first step; you should practice
it at least twice a year. Describe to Family members a hypothetical
event and tell them to follow the Family emergency plan. Practice gathering
your emergency kit and important documents, communicating with one another
and meeting at a designated place. Afterwards, discuss the actions you
took and how the plan would change in a different type of emergency.