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Home and Family

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.


Build A Kit for your Home & Family

In addition to the General Emergency Kit, you should also prepare:

  • Comfort items: If you have children, you may want to have toys, books, and non-perishable snacks in your emergency kit to make them more comfortable.
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Baby formula, bottles and nipples
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • A manual/hand operated can opener for food