When your family is separated between home, work, and school, how will you communicate during an emergency? Learn about this overlooked component of an emergency preparedness plan.
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Emergency Essentials that are often Overlooked
When we think of preparedness, we usually think about collecting basic supplies like food, water, first aid kits, and flashlights.
Sometimes we’re so busy that being prepared for the rare disaster seems like an impossible task. And in the craziness of our daily lives we think, “One of these days, I’ll get that stuff together”.
Well…you SHOULD get these basic supplies together ASAP!
I started by purchasing first aid kits for our cars and home. Then I purchased some emergency water pouches. They are an expensive solution for backup drinking water, but great in case of an evacuation. (We also have cases of cheap bottled water and other stored water for hygiene and kitchen cleanup.) It was simple to buy some extra boxes of granola bars and energy bars to have on hand, as well as getting a flashlight for every room in the house.
But perhaps even more critical than collecting basic supplies may be figuring out how your family will stay connected in the event of a disaster. When family members are separated between home, work, and school, how will you communicate during an emergency? Where will you meet?
The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA encourage us all to Make an Emergency Communication Plan. We recently realized that our own emergency plan was lacking a communication plan, and I shutter to think about the possibility of being separated if an emergency were to strike.
Does your family have an emergency communication plan?