Education before preparation
Before you can effectively prepare your family for an emergency or disaster, it is essential that you educate and inform yourself on the types of emergencies and disasters that can occur along with their impacts.
Create a plan
An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a written procedure detailing the appropriate response to various types of emergencies. Creating an EAP and practicing it can help greatly reduce injuries and property damage associated with various emergencies. Once you create your plan you should communicate it with your family and practice it regularly.
Your family EAP should include the following information:
Alerts and Communication
Your family may not be together during an emergency so how will you communicate? How will you reconnect with each other if you are separated? How will you access important information from public officials?
Public officials use various means of alerting you should a natural or man-made disaster strike. Do you know them?
For more information on emergency alerts click here.
Family Communication Plan
Normal means of communication may be unreliable or unavailable during a disaster. So having a plan ahead of time will help your family know what to do and how to reconnect if separated during an emergency. Make sure your plan includes all the following information:
To download a free family communication guide click here