Creating A Family Emergency Strategy
In the US it seems there is a natural or man-made disaster going on somewhere almost all the time. Wildfires and hurricanes seem to be more powerful and frequent than ever and if that were not enough, we also have to endure the constant threat of a possible surprise attack from a terrorist or even from mother nature. You need a family emergency strategy.
Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Check out the related links to learn what to do before, during and after each type of emergency.
- Active Shooter
- Chemical Emergencies
- Emergency Alerts
- Extreme Heat
- Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Home Fires
- Household Chemical Emergencies
- Landslides & Debris Flow
- Nuclear Explosion
- Nuclear Power Plants
- Power Outages
- Radiological Dispersion Device
- Severe Weather
- Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
- Space Weather
- Thunderstorms & Lightning
Whatever the threat, the best we can do is be prepared as possible.
Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses, (2) make a family emergency plan, (3) build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.
To-DoResearch likely threats in your area
Create a family plan and rehearse it
- Make a list of the most likely threats from the list.
- Learn your risks and how to best avoid each.
- Prioritize your plan around these.
Make/assemble and store emergency preparations
- Keep it simple. Get help from this link to FEMA
- Plan for how you will make contact and reunite.
- Train everyone how to shelter in place if needed.
- Print and laminate the plan on cards everyone can keep on them.
- Share and discuss the plan with the family.
Get involved with the community
- Create an emergency kit that will support you and your family for at least a week without power, water or food. There are a number of good sources for help with this.
- Place the kit in sturdy, rodent proof, waterproof container.
- Find a safe dry and easy to access place in your home to store the container
- Learn where the local emergency shelters and hospitals are located.
- See if your local area has an emergency planning group.
- Learn about safe areas, escape routes and evacuation plans.
- 1x per year: Inspect and rotate fresh food, water and batteries into the kit.
- 1x per year: Attend local emergency planning meetings for your community.
- 4x per year: Rehearse the family emergency plan.