Here we are, so diligently putting away food, storing water and purchasing gear when perhaps one of the most important aspects of emergency and crisis planning has to do with having a plan to get in touch with family members and loved ones after disaster strikes.
Although a valuable tool, do not count on your phone tree to be the sole mode of communication following a disaster. Emergency Communication PlanThis page explains what an emergency communication plan is and why you should make one.
Below you will find ten easy steps for creating a family emergency plan as well as on online tool to get you started. It also provides tips and templates on how to make a plan.Why Make a PlanYour family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case.

Important Note: In many areas, the State, County or City emergency evacuation plan takes precedence over any school preparedness plan. Whatever you do, do not fall prey to rip-off artists who will want to charge your hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to prepare a Family Emergency Plan for you.
When it comes to evacuation routes, check with your local county or city preparedness office or call and find out what their plans are since THEY will be the ones determining which roads are used as evacuation routes and which will not.
Plan together in advance so that everyone in the household understands where to go during a different type of disaster like a hurricane, tornado, or wildfire. Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family that includes:phone (work, cell, office)emailsocial mediamedical facilities, doctors, service providersschoolIdentify information and pick an emergency meeting place.

You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.Practice your plan.

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