An emergency response plan needs to be developed prior to any anticipated emergency. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it’s important to plan in advance – here are some important questions to consider when developing your plan:
- How will you get to a safe place?
- How will you contact one another?
- How will you get back together?
- What will you do in different situations?
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time, such as work, school, faith organizations, sports events and even during the daily commute. If a plan doesn’t exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Take the time to talk with your community leaders, colleagues, neighbors and members of faith/civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. By thinking ahead and communicating with others in advance, you will be better prepared to safely reunite with your family and loved ones during an emergency.