Create an emergency communications plan. Choose an out-of-town
contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on
each other should a disaster occur.
Your contact should live far enough away that they would be
unlikely to be directly affected by the same event, and they
should know they are the chosen contact.
Make sure every household member has e-mail addresses and
telephone numbers (home, work, pager and cell) for the contact
and each other. Leave these numbers at your children's schools
and at your workplace.
Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will
save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the
area evacuated. You may want to make arrangements to stay with a
family member or friend in case of an emergency.
Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not
permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.
If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to stay in your
home, having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your
family more comfortable. Prepare a disaster supplies kit in an
easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash
Include "special needs" items for any member of your
household (infant formula or items for people with disabilities
or older people), first aid supplies (including prescription
medications), a change of clothing for each household member, a
sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or
television and extra batteries, food and water and tools.
Include some cash and copies of important family documents
(birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your kit.
In an emergency, your children may be sheltered at school or
evacuated. If protective actions are being taken at your children's
school, do not go to the school. School personnel are trained to
Do not call your child's school. You could tie up a phone line
that is needed for emergency communications.
Listen to local emergency radio and TV stations to learn when
and where you can pick up your children.
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