Make a Plan

makeaplanIs imperative to develop an individual and/or family emergency plan.  In fact, the success of a resilient community is, in large part, dependent on how well residents develop their individual and family plans.

Individual and Family Plan considerations:

  • Have an out of town (out of state) emergency contact
  1. Can be a family member or friend
  2. Be sure every family member knows the number
  3. Though more rare than in the past, have coins available to use a pay phone (this is an emergency situation after all)
  • Though the SAFE Neighborhoods Program provides an established meeting place to go after a catastrophic event, it is important to determine other meeting places for your Family Emergency Plan for emergencies that affect only you or your family.  Pick three places to meet.
  1. Pick one on or near your property
  2. Pick one near by in your neighborhood
  3. Pick one a further distance away but is accessible and well known by all family members
  • Have escape routes from your home
  1. If possible, determine two escape routs from each room in your home
  2. If you have rooms that are on a second floor or in a basement with windows consider getting an escape latter easily accessible and near the window
  3. In case of fire in a room with no secondary escape route, keep a towel in the room to place under the door to help prevent smoke from entering the room
  • Teach your children how and when to dial 911 as well as other emergency numbers.
  1. Post the numbers near all the phones in your home
  2. If your children have cell phones, make sure your emergency numbers are programmed in their phone (ideally you should have them memorize the numbers, this goes for adults as well)
  3. Make sure your children know their address (Every kid knows where they live but can’t tell you their address.)
  • Learn First Aid
  1. Learn basic first aid skills, including CPR and AED.
  • Insurance
  1. Make sure your family has adequate insurance.
  • Other plans
  1. Find out what disaster plans are in place at your work, your children’s school and other places your family spends time. Discuss preparedness with your family. Make sure you all understand what types of disasters can occur and what you will do in each case.