Week 1 – National Preparedness Month

How to reconnect with family after a disaster…

If a natural disaster occurred today, would you be able to get in touch with your family members? Would your kids know where to go to meet you?  During this first week of National Preparedness Month, take time to sit down with your family and form or revisit your emergency communication plan.

Here are some things to consider:

Where will your family meet if the disaster happens during work hours? Should you have a backup location?  Do you know where to pick up your children if their school must evacuate?

emergency-contact-card-sampleDo you have phone numbers and contact info for at least two individuals? Consider having an out of town contact because it may be easier to call outside of the affected region.

Is your In Case of Emergency, or “ICE”, contact updated in your phone? Emergency responders will often check for this if you’re in an accident.

Is there anyone in your family with special needs or functional disabilities? What items would they need in the first 72 hours after a disaster?

Check out the Red Cross Safe and Well program and bookmark the website before a disaster happens. It can help you find out if family and friends are safe:  http://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Visit these websites for more information:

http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/

http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

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