With work, school, sports and other activities, your family members may not be in the same place when severe weather or another emergency strikes. How will you know where to find your children after a damaging storm? If you’re not home to tell them, would they know what area of the house to go to when a severe weather alert is issued? Why risk assuming everyone knows the answers when you can know for sure by creating a severe weather emergency plan for your family?
Ready.gov has a Family Emergency Plan (FEP) that you can download and fill out. As you create your plan, consider your daily routines and where your family is at different times of the day. Have a plan for work, school and nighttime.
There are lots of helpful tips to consider on the Ready.gov website to develop an emergency plan for your family. A few of the most important are:
Once your family emergency plan is established, consider the other places your family spends time, like work, school or daycare, and find out if they have an emergency plan. If not, there are school and workplace plans available from the Ready.gov website.
Of course, a plan won’t be effective unless you share it and know how to use it. Review your plan with your friends, neighbors and family. Practice it at least twice a year with your children. Show your kids where the emergency supplies are, where to find you, whom to contact and how. Don’t assume they know already. Children often learn better by doing. Make sure they know how important it is to listen to your weather alert radio and take the warnings seriously. Update your emergency plan accordingly when changes arise.
Creating your family’s severe weather emergency plan takes just a few minutes. It’s well worth the effort because having an emergency plan in place means there is a better chance of everyone moving quickly. Knowing exactly what to do and where to go could save lives before, during and after severe weather or other disasters.