Include Common Emergency Scenarios When You Plan
Plan for the emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live
Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency
- Choose two places to meet up:
- Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire
- Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate
- Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should carry emergency contact information in writing and saved on their cell phones. Make sure places where your children spend time also have these contact numbers, like at school or daycare.
- Your plan should account for family members who may live elsewhere during the year, such as members of the military on deployment or students away at college, or those who travel frequently.
- How will you need to adapt your plan if they are at home?
- What will you need to do differently if they are away?
Emergency Contact Card
Make cards for the whole family in case you are separated during an emergency.
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Plan what to do if you have to evacuate
Plan for everyone in your home
Some members of your household may need special accommodation during an emergency, which means planning ahead is even more crucial.
Plan to let loved ones know you’re safe
Read our tips tips for reconnecting with loved ones if you are separated during a disaster or emergency and decide which techniques your family will use.