Do you have one? If not, it should be something that you and your family should have, especially if you have young children or even an elder person in the home. Being prepared for any emergency can help smooth things along and can help eliminate some chaos if it should ever arise. Like the good old saying goes “its better to be prepared than to be sorry”. Having a Family Emergency Plan together could help save you and your family during a crisis.
In case you have not started your emergency plan or have no idea where to start, here are some basic tips that you’ll need to put your Family Emergency Plan together. There are two (2) very important things that need to be part of your Family Emergency Plan; first you’ll need to create a “Communication Plan“, and second you’ll need to gather some items for your “Emergency Kit“.
Example of your Communication Plan:
- Teach your child the parent’s name and phone number (or a good contact number)
- Designate an out-of-state contact
- Designate place to meet
- Designate a trusted friend or family member to pick up your child at daycare or school
- Make a card with your plan for each family member
- Teach family members to text
- Label your emergency contacts as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone contact list
When assembling your Emergency Kit, you need to keep in mind that your kit should get you and your family through at least three (3) days. Also, very important, that you keep your Emergency Kit updated as much as possible.
Example of your Emergency Kit:
- 20-gallon of plastic containers with lids
- Labels and Refresh cards
- First-aid kit
- Important documents
- Fun stuff
Be sure to share your Family Emergency Plan with other family and important people such as trusted friends, co-workers, school and caregivers who need to communicate with you in the event of an emergency.
You can also download my Family Emergency Binder Printables. They are in PDF format and are editable. Enjoy!
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