#1: Have a Family Meeting – Discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, chemical spills, and other disasters that are most likely to happen in our area. Identify individual family roles in preparation for an emergency situation and explain what to do in each case.
Pick two places to meet – one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency and another outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Make sure everyone knows the address and phone number of that meeting place. Also, it may be easier to dial out on a long distance line rather than local telephone lines during an emergency event. Identify an out-of-town contact so that each family member can call and tell them where they are and get information on the location and condition of other family members.
#2: Prepare Contact Cards & A Family Plan – Now that your family has all the information, print contact cards to carry with you. Have everyone fill them out and if possible get them laminated.
Print the Family Communication Plan and make sure your family knows where it is.
#3: Practice & Maintain Your Plan – Quiz your family every now and then on your plan. Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills and make sure you keep telephone numbers up-to-date.