Your family members may not all be in the same place when an emergency situation occurs. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead and discuss what to do before, during and after an emergency situation. Discussions on how to get to a safe place and stay in touch with each other are important. Making a plan is essential – it allows your family to be better prepared to face and recover from emergency situations.
What your family members should do:
- Develop a map indicating the nearest exits in your home.
- Make all family members aware of the location of the Emergency Kit.
- Make and regularly update a list of phone numbers for members of your family to call during an emergency.
- Keep all important family records such as, birth certificates, healthcare records, social security cards, and passports in a safe place, such as a fire and waterproof safe or a bank safety deposit box. Make sure everyone in the family knows where these records are kept and how to access them.
- Know and practice all possible exit routes from the neighborhood.
- Identify a meeting spot for your family members to reunite after an emergency.
- Fill up your car with fuel.
- Charge your cell phone so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
- Review your evacuation plan with your family. Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. If you have a cell phone, you can call, text, email or use social media. Consider buying a solar or battery powered phone charger.
- If you do not have a cell phone/smart phone you can use social media apps on personal devices such as game devices, Kindle or iPad, or if you have access to a computer, use an online registry such as the Red Cross “Safe and Well” website.
- Evacuate if told to do so by local authorities.
What your children should do:
- Keep their home and parents’ cell phone numbers with them at all times.
- Keep your family’s contact information and meeting spot location in your cell phone, backpack, wallet, or taped inside your school notebook.
- Save addresses and phone numbers of family members who live close by.
- Pick the same person for each family member to call, text, or email. It might be easier to reach someone who is out of town. It may be easier to send a text rather than talk during an emergency.
- Know how to call 911 for emergency assistance.
- Include any older adults or those with functional needs in the home to your family emergency plan.