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Family Disaster Planning

Family Disaster Planning - Disaster Plan Guide

There are many different kinds of disasters, such as fires, floods, airplane crashes, chemical spills, pipeline leaks and explosions, which seldom give warning and can be equally devastating to their victims.  The planning you and your family do will be of benefit for any type of disaster that can strike your community.

This guide is a plan template and is intended to provide you a simple format and possible suggestions about information you might want to include in your family disaster plan. It is not all inclusive and should be modified by the user to suit individual or family needs.

This plan can be filled in electronically or printed and filled in by hand.  If filled in by hand, we recommend that you use a pencil for ease of making future corrections to information contained in the document.

At least once a year, have a meeting with your family to discuss and update your disaster plan with current and correct information.  Determine what additional training, equipment, and supplies are needed.

Practice! Occasional drills can improve reaction time and help to avoid panic in an actual emergency.

For example consider the following two areas of planning.

Children at school note: In case of emergency, you should know if the school will keep your children until an authorized adult comes to get them.  Determine what is required to release your child to your representatives if you cannot get there yourself.  Ensure that the school knows your current contact information and those people authorized to collect your children.

Reunion Procedures: Establish two places where you and your family can meet following an emergency. One immediately outside of your home, for example a neighbor’s mailbox, for use during a home emergency AND another site away from home in case you can’t return. Disaster Plan Guide