Be Prepared Not Scared


Imagine you’re at work and your child is at school or on a play date when a disaster strikes. Do they know what to do if you are not around? September is National Preparedness Month. It’s a good time to prepare ahead to be ready for the unexpected.

Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan starts with one simple question: “What if?” “What if something happens and I’m not with my family?” “Will I be able to reach them?” “How will I know the are safe?” “How can I let them know I’m OK?” During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family.

Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity
could be disrupted

Planning in advance will help ensure that all the members of your household—including children and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers—know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency. Planning starts with three easy steps: