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Emergency Preparedness Month: The family emergency plan

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September is FEMA National Emergency Preparedness Month in the U.S. Do you have a family emergency plan?

A family emergency plan is essential for proper preparedness, in case the unexpected should occur.

For example, if a crisis arises, requiring a sudden evacuation, does your family have a landing spot prepared? Where will you go in such a situation?

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A family emergency plan needs to include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of key out-of-town family members or friends who would be willing to accommodate your crew – at least during the initial stage of the emergency.

Next, where would adult children or other family members find you, if you should be evacuated?

Plenty of families designate meet-up locations, just in case such a situation should occur.

Ideally, each family member has a cellular phone with this information already programmed into it. Each person needs to know how to send and receive text messages as well, since these may be transmitted, even if low service prevents live calls from going through.

This contact information may be listed as ICE (In Case of Emergency) or simply by name.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), together with the Citizen Corps, the Ready Campaign and other federal groups, have designated September as National Emergency Preparedness Month in the United States.

It pays to discuss the family emergency plan together regularly, particularly if the information changes. It’s also a good idea to check into emergency plans at schools, workplaces, recreational facilities, and other locations the family frequents.

Having a family emergency plan in place and educating family members about its contents can prevent considerable uncertainty, if a disaster or crisis should happen.