Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Family Emergency Response Plans

Does your family have an emergency response plan? The best way to keep calm in an emergency is to have a plan.
Discuss with your family the different types of emergencies that can happen. Develop a plan for each person in your family. Make a list of things to do and post it somewhere it can easily be seen. It's likely in an emergency that family members will be afraid or in shock. If you post your emergency "to do" list somewhere that is visible in an emergency, it'll be easier to stay focused when it really counts.

Consider the following when creating an emergency response plan for your family:

  1. Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur and how to respond.
  2. Establish meeting places inside and outside your home, as well as outside the neighborhood.
  3. Decide of the best escape routes from your home. Identify two ways out of each room.
  4. Plan how to take care of your pets.
  5. 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.
  6. Learn what to do if you are advised to evacuate.
  7. Create an emergency kit with items you can quickly grab if you have to leave in a hurry.
  8. 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.
  9. 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) 

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