& Family Plans
time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act.
PREPARE NOW for a sudden emergency and discuss ideas with
your family to create an Emergency Plan.
plan to fail: they fail to plan! In this busy,
hectic world anything can happen. You and family members
could be anywhere: at home, at work, shopping, at school,
on the road, and it could be hours¸if not days,
before help is available.
some time in your busy lives to prepare for a disaster…a
few minutes now could possibly save a life when disaster
1. Ask an
out-of-state friend or relative to be your “family
contact” in the event of a disaster that finds your
family members separated and out of contact. This person
should live at least 100 miles away. Long distance phone
lines were “hardened” years ago to withstand
nuclear attack and are quite resistant to damage caused
After a disaster,
if local phones are down, as soon as possible all family
members call this person to tell him or her how and where
they are and to find out how other family members are doing.
· Enter this person’s name and phone
numbers on the card.
2. If a fire
breaks out in your home and you must evacuate, have a ‘buddy’
system to make sure no one gets left behind. You should
have a reunion point near your home identified as the place
where you will all go. This way you will know right away
that all are safe and no one will go back to hunt for someone
who is already safe.
be at the corner by the mailbox, across the street at a
neighbor’s tree, etc. It should be far enough from
the house to be safe and also leave space for fire equipment
to park. The most important thing is that each and everyone
knows just where it is and that they all should go there
immediately after leaving the house.
one card with this information for every purse, wallet
and backpack in the family. Make certain that everyone
has current cards.
You can fill out as
many cards on the back of this sheet as you need and cut
them out. Or you may want to make a copy on card stock.
On the back of the
card you may want to tape two quarters for a pay phone.
Pay phones are part of the emergency services phone network
and are high on the priority list to be restored to service.
(If your cell phones are working, use them.)
You can also
use the back of the card to provide other emergency information.
Things like your doctor’s name and number, insurance
policy numbers, critical medical information, etc.