Written by Samantha Slappey
In the event of an emergency, it is important to make sure your entire family is prepared. You may not always be together when these events happen so you should have a plan that allows you to contact on another.
The American Red Cross suggests meeting with your family in order to discuss how to prepare and respond to potential emergencies. You should identify the responsibilities of each member in your household and plan to work together as a team.
Plan family meeting spots in case you are separated during an emergency. For sudden emergencies, like fires, plan to meet outside of your house. For emergencies where you need to evacuate your home, plan to meet somewhere safe outside of your neighborhood.
Families should also choose an out-of-area contact person just in case local phone lines are out of service.
that you and your family need to evacuate, choose a destination and the route you would take to get there. You should practice your evacuation route twice a year. Be sure to know alternate routes that will take you there in case there is a road blockage. If you have pets, keep a list of pet friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation route. If you get separated from your family, you can always let them know you’re ok with the ‘I’m Safe’ button on the Red Cross Hurricane App. The app is free to download on iTunes and Google Play. Visit RedCross.org for more details.