Your family members may not all be in the same place when an emergency situation occurs. Making a plan is therefore essential – it allows your family to be better prepared to face, and recover from, emergency situations.
What your family should do:
- Make all family members aware of your the Emergency Kit.
- Make and regularly update a list of phone numbers for family members 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.
- Identify a meeting spot for your family members to reunite after an emergency.
- Charge your cell phone.
- 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.
- Know how to call 911 for emergency assistance.