Having an emergency plan in place before an emergency or disaster allows you to determine how to protect yourself and your family and how to get back in touch with your family in an emergency: floods, fire, severe storms, etc. It is important to ensure the whole family is a part of the planning process so that your plan addresses everyone’s needs. This might include your kids, elderly family members, or even neighbors. A Family Emergency Plan will help you identify what to do in different emergencies and to talk with those you love about how to get in touch with each other.
A part of developing your emergency plan is to familiarize yourself with emergency plans at places that are a part of your everyday life, such as school, work, church, or day care.