Does your family have an emergency response plan? The best way to keep calm in an emergency is to have a plan.
Consider the following when creating an emergency response plan for your family:
- Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur and how to respond.
- Establish meeting places inside and outside your home, as well as outside the neighborhood.
- Decide of the best escape routes from your home. Identify two ways out of each room.
- Plan how to take care of your pets.
- Establish a family contact out of town(friend or relative). In some cases, an out of state contact may also be appropriate. Call this person after the disaster to let them know where you are and if you are okay. Make sure everyone knows the contact's phone number.
- Learn what to do if you are advised to evacuate.
- Create an emergency kit with items you can quickly grab if you have to leave in a hurry.
- Make a list of items to take with you if you have to leave your home in a hurry. Include the location of each item so you can find them quickly. Post the list next to your emergency kit.
- Make sure everyone knows the plan and their responsibility during an emergency.
Remember, “We live in turbulent times. Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties. When the time for decision arrives, the time for preparation is past.” (Thomas S. Monson, “Are We Prepared?”, Ensign, September 2014)