Making a Family Emergency Plan
By definition, emergencies happen when we don’t expect them, and often when families are not together. Suddenly, you need to think about your kids at school or elderly parents across town. If phones don’t work, or some neighborhoods aren’t accessible, what will you do?
Preparing a Family Emergency Plan
It’s your responsibility to start gathering supplies and start thinking about what your family will need for at least 72 hours in an emergency, 7 days would be ideal. Recent events have shown us that sometimes the government can’t come to our rescue for several days so plan to be on your own for at least a week and then you’ll be ready. It is much better to be prepared and not need it than to need it and not have been prepared.
Everyday Behavioral Changes
Things happen when you least expect it – part of being ready to instantly respond is not having to think about where critical items are kept – especially your flashlight, glasses, keys, wallet and cell phone.
When you are suddenly awoken in the middle of the night you don’t want to have to think about where you left critical items needed for your response or escape
Ideally the following items would be kept in your bedroom in the exact same place every night
- Keep a flashlight next to your bed – leave it in the same place every night – replace the batteries every 6 months (even if you don’t use it)
- Your cell phone and glasses should always be in your bedroom at night and placed in the exact same location
- Your car keys and wallet should always be in the same location
- It is a great idea to also have your pants and shoes in a regular location –
- Place your purse in the same location every day