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Emergency Planning

It's essential for you and your family to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

The following tips should be discussed when preparing your plan.

Create an Emergency Communication Plan for Your Family

Select a contact that everyone knows to call or email if a disaster occurs. This contact should be far enough away that they would be unlikely to be affected by the same event. Make sure every family member has the contact information for this person and the other family members. You can leave information at your children's school or at your workplace.

Remember: telephone lines and cellular waves often become flooded in an emergency but be patient and try again later.

Other Positive Action Steps

  • Limit the amount of media coverage of a disaster or emergency event that children watch. Adults may also need breaks from such media coverage.
  • Talk with your children and family ahead of time about what might happen in case of an emergency. Explain to children that sometimes good people like firemen or rescue workers have to wear big suits or hoods that might make them look different.
  • Be a part of a neighborhood watch group or volunteer.
  • Become trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and/or community emergency response.

Important Documents

Also add copies of important documents such as:

  • Birth certificates
  • Life insurance designations
  • Marriage records
  • Passports

Health Records

Keep current records of:

  • Allergies
  • Blood type
  • Doctor's name
  • Health conditions
  • Medications
  • Personal characteristics such as age, height, and weight for each person in your family