Now that summer is here and the kids are out of school, it's a great time to update your family communication plan. When disaster strikes, the first thing on your to-do list will be connecting with your family. Keeping your family safe is always the number one priority.
Schools may be changing, or daycare may become a factor during the summer. A possible change in job location or possibly even moving means that updating your family communication plan is a must.
In the event of a disaster, make sure you've updated information like:
· Out-of-Town Contacts;
· Neighborhood Contacts and Meeting Place;
· Work and School Information, including evacuation sites; and
· Personal information, including important medical information.
Make sure that the information for your out-of-state safe point is still accurate. If you have moved, or your out-of-state point contact has moved, this information may need updating. In a disaster situation, he/she can communicate to others that you and your family are safe. Add this person to your cell phone contacts as “ICE” (in case of emergency).
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Once you have updated your communication plan, go over it again with your family. Even if it hasn't changed, it never hurts to practice and be even more prepared for a disaster.