Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
- Determine places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
- Decide on an out-of-town contact to call since it may be eaiser to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town. Your out-of-town contact will be in a better place to communicate among separated family members.
Inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one.
Be sure to consider the specific needs of your family members
- Notify caregivers and babysitters about your plan.
- Make plans for your pets
Included in the Vital Records PortaVault is a Family Communications Plan card which summarizes the information included above. The card folds to the size of a credit card so it is easy to keep in your wallet. For young children we recommend the card be laminated, then punch a whole in it and safety pin it to their back pack or school bag.