Individual/Family Planning

Preparing for any situation begins at home. It is only once you and your family have a secure emergency plan, that you can even begin to think of larger preparedness strategies. Do you have a family plan? What will the schools do with your kids if something happens on a school day? How long can you survive on the food and water you have stored in your home? Check out the resources below for help in your planning.

What should be in your family's plan? Most people remember to include shutting off the gas, but what about securing your financial information? Or, what to do with the family pets? How about mapping multiple escape routes? Planning checklists and documents can help take the pressure off you, and make sure you don't forget something important, and visit the Red Cross for more information.

Do your kids know how to get a hold of you if something happens while they're at a friend's house? Can you access important identification, medical, and insurance information if the internet goes out? Does everyone know how to text? Text messages are sometimes more likely to go through in an emergency than a phone call. Family communication plans are helpful for thinking through how to let everyone know you're okay, and by printing out a communication card, you'll have easy access to critical information.

Children and senior citizens often require extra thought and care in an emergency, as so often they need the assistance of others, and are
more susceptible to injury and disease. Take special care in building plans that include small children and seniors. And don't forget about your little furry family members!

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As much as we don't want to think about it, natural disasters are not the only potential threats we face. Man-made emergencies are a very real possibility that we face in both our average lives and in our faith communities. Preparing for man-made disasters and threats is of vital importance in our communities.