Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ready your family communications plan before disaster calls!

We are often planting little reminders for you to get your supplies ready and know where your safe place is in case of an emergency. Communicating essential information about your plan to each other keeps you and your family safe. But have you planned how you will communicate when the disaster is upon you? Each situation will be different and you and your family may not all be in the same place when severe weather hits. You may also have family in other areas that you need to reach out to so they know you are safe.

As you Build a Kit and Make a Plan, be sure to include a Family Communication Plan as well. Each member of the family should have a list of emergency contacts and one out-of-area contact person should be designated since it may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or programmed into their cell phones. Also make sure that if you and your family get separated in an emergency situation that you have a set meeting place outside of the neighborhood. Each family member should know that is the place to go once it is safe to get there.

With the recent severe weather and more on the way, now is the time to get your Family Communication Plan set. It’s easy and only takes moments to make sure you and your family stay connected. Download the Emergency Contact Cards PDF to help get you started. You can fill in all the information you will need in case of a disaster and each folds up to wallet size so you can carry it anywhere.

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