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4 Emergency Planning Tips To Ensure Your Family Is Prepared

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You want the best for your family. This involves keeping them safe no matter what situation arises. From severe weather that could mean a tornado to a fire that might occur in the home, you need to have a plan of action in place that everyone knows about. Go over the details of where the family is supposed to meet or when to call everyone to check in so that you know the family is safe afterwards. Plans can be placed on the refrigerator or the wall for everyone to see.

Contact Information

Make sure everyone knows the contact information for the home and other members of the family. This includes phone numbers and addresses. You need to alert schools and employers about any changes in contact information so that people can reach you in the event of an emergency away from home. Teach younger children the basics, such as the house number and the phone number.

First Aid

Consider taking a first aid course so that you know the basics of providing care if someone is injured. You will also be able to learn CPR during the course in most cities. The American Red Cross usually offers courses for a small fee, but you’ll be able to safely apply bandages and provide other minimal treatments until medical help arrives.

Escape Plans

Go around the home to look at all exits. Draw a map that is easy for everyone in the home to follow. The map should give detailed directions from each bedroom and other rooms in the home to each exit. It’s best to make each pathway a different color. You also want to mark the doors on the map in a bold color that can easily be seen. Put a map in each room of the home so that family members can see where they are in the event of an emergency.


It’s best to have at least a week’s worth of supplies available in a plastic tote in case the power is out or you can’t get to the store. Keep a bit of money in the supply kit as well as first aid items, water bottles and food that doesn’t need to be heated. You also want to keep batteries and items that are needed for young children, such as diapers and formula.

When an emergency happens, you want to be prepared in every way possible. If you are unsure of any part of the process, or need additional instruction consider talking to those with the proper education and background, such as an emergency management degree program. The family members need to know what to expect and how to get in touch with each other. Subscribe to public alerts to stay ahead of any kind of emergency if possible.

Tim Esterdahl

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