Every family needs to have a plan for dealing with local emergencies. Do you know what types of emergencies to plan for? Has your family discussed what to do if your house catches on fire or a tornado warning occurs? Take some time to learn about what emergencies you need to plan for in Mount Prospect and how to create Family Communication and Emergency Action plans. Then get your whole family involved in developing a plan to ensure you’re prepared ready for the next emergency.
Family Communication Plan
Every family’s emergency plan should start with information on communication. If your family isn’t all together when an emergency occurs how will you get in touch with each other? Do your kids have your work numbers written down somewhere and do you know the number for your child’s school? Do you have important phone numbers in one location such as you doctor, pharmacist, and insurance company? Making sure that all of this information is centralized and that every family member has access to it is a must!
Print out a Family Communication Plan template that you can use to write out your plan.
Family Emergency Action Plan
Once your communication plan is complete it’s time to develop an Emergency Action Plan. This plan should focus on two primary scenarios: (1) an emergency that requires you to stay put (called sheltering-in-place), and (2) an emergency that forces you to evacuate and relocate. You will ultimately have to decide in any emergency situation which action to take, but should always follow any official instructions from local officials and emergency responders.
Your Emergency Action Plan should account for the small and large incidents and should be written down and discussed as a family. Print out a template to create your own Family Emergency Action Plan.
Every business needs to have an emergency plan – and practice it regularly! Your plan should address not only what to do in the midst of an emergency, but also how you plan on staying in business following a disaster.
Visit ready.gov/business for resources to help you develop an emergency plan for your business.