Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan.
How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?
Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan starts with one simple question: “What if?”
“What if something happens and I’m not with my family?” “Will I be able to reach them?” “How will I know they
are safe?” “How can I let them know I’m OK?” During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information
from your family.
Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity could be disrupted. Planning in advance will help ensure that all the members of your household-including children and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers-know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency.
Planning starts with three easy steps:
- Collect information
- Share information - make copies for everyone
- Practice the plan
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