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Preparedness Planning for Your Family

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When it comes to dealing with a disaster, the safety of family members is likely one of your biggest concerns. Trying to make sure everyone is okay during a disaster can be extremely stressful, especially if you and your family members are not together when the disaster strikes. Taking time to do some preparedness planning with your family not only can make sure everyone knows how to contact each other, but can also make it easier to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Make a Family Emergency Plan for Preparedness Planning

The first thing you and your family should do to make sure you are prepared properly for any type of disaster is to make a family emergency plan. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you make your plan:

  • Identify an out-of-town contact and make sure everyone in your family can contact this person. In many cases, calling a long-distance number can be easier than contacting someone local during a disaster.
  • Make sure everyone in your family has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging on their cell phones, since these can often bypass network disruptions when you cannot get through to your family with a phone call.

Know about Likely Disasters for Preparedness Planning

Another important step for preparedness planning involves knowing which disasters are most likely to occur in your area. For example, if you live in a hurricane-prone region, it is a good idea to take some steps to prepare for hurricanes specifically. It is also a good idea to know when to stay home and when to evacuate during certain emergencies, which you can typically find out by listening to emergency radio or TV broadcasts.

Preparedness planning is an essential step for any family that wants to keep everyone safe during a disaster. For more information about safety measures you and your family can take to prepare for an emergency properly, you should visit www.ready.gov, which can provide you with detailed instructions for just about any disaster.

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