Create Your Family Emergency Plan
As we mentioned in last weeks’ post September is National Preparedness Month and this is Part 3 of my series on how you can prepare for emergencies in your home. In Part 1 I introduced you to what National Preparedness Month is and Part 2 covered tips for creating your home emergency kit. Today I will offer a few tips on creating your Family Emergency Plan.
Here are a few things to consider when creating your plan:
1. Know what types of disasters are likely to happen in your home town and prepare for those types of events. For example I live in Central Texas and the common natural disasters here are flooding, tornados, and fires. Discuss with family members what you would do if one of these types of situations occurred. If you were in the house and there was a tornado coming what would you do? What room would you go into? If you had to evacuate your house, what are the most important items to grab and where are they located?
2. Know your children’s school plan, yours and your spouse’s business emergency plans, and any other relatives you are a care provider for. In the event of a natural disaster your family may not all be in the same location. Find out what the plans are for the places you and your family are at the most. If a tornado is coming will the children remain at school? What if your Mother lives in an Assisted Living facility, ask about what their emergency plan is now so you will be prepared for later. Save the information with the facilities contact information or keep it on an emergency contact list in your wallet or purse.
3. Keep important documents in a fire proof safe. This way all the documents are in a central location if you need to grab them in a hurry and they are protected in the event of a fire.
For more information on creating your family emergency plan and to download online planning tools visit Ready.gov. Stay tuned for Part 4, the final piece of this series.
Here’s to starting the discussion with your family,
Copyright (C) 2010 Angela Ploetz, POSH Space www.theposhspace.com.