Family Emergency Planning & Communication
LEARN & PLAN
Giving and/or Receiving Information
Information is Power
What is communication?
Fear often comes from the unknown. The more we know about the situation
we are facing, the more confident we will be that we can overcome it.
Accurate information allows us to make informed decisions.
How can communication be affected in an emergency?
Do Not rely on one source of information or a single form of communication in an emergency situation.
What information do I need?
Nature of the emergency
Evacuate or Shelter in Place
Other Instructions from Authorities
Family Members’ Status
Note: Not all of this information is necessary before a decision how to act can be made.
Emergency Information Sources
Radio / Television
E.A.S. (Emergency Alert System)
N.O.A.A. Weather Radio (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration)
Public Address & Street by Street
Reverse 911 - learn if this is available in your area
Phone lines are often clogged or down in an emergency
Face to Face
Everyone needs to take responsibility to be “eyes & ears” in their communities.
2 Way Radio / CB Radio
CB Channel 9 is Nationwide channel for emergency use
Shortwave HAM Radio
Be Seen. Be Heard.
Whistles can be heard further and take less energy than yelling.
Fire / Smoke
2 Way Radio
Laser Pointer - Point a laser straight up into the sky.
DO NOT point at air planes
Mirror - learn how to signal with a mirror
Step out “HELP” in snow or sand.
Arrange letters with rocks or branches
Learn and Follow Neighborhood Plans
Many communities already have “codes” in place.
Learn and use the universally known color codes: Green - OK, Yellow - Minor Injuries, Red - Need Help Immediately, Black - Deceased.
Check Batteries / Power Sources
Make sure all Equipment is in good working condition
Keep information and family pictures up to date
Teach children how & when to call emergency numbers
Post Numbers Near Phones & in each person's Emergency Kit
Check and Update Emergency Kits & Supplies
Organize Family Communication Plan
Each Family Member: name, age, physical description, allergies, medications
Work - address, phone numbers
School - address, phone numbers
Local Family Evacuation/Meeting Site #1
Out of area Family Evacuation/Meeting Site #2
Out of State Contact
Fire (Emergency & Non)
Police (Emergency & Non)
Ambulance (Emergency & Non)
Pharmacist - include a list of all medication and the amount and schedule when to take them.
Gas / Electric / Water Utilities
1. Who is going to do what, when, where & how
2. Discuss with family about different emergency situations and how you would react.
3. Choose a family “Secret Code Word”, practice how to use it.
4. Learn Work, School & Day Care Emergency Plans
Gather all contact information for each area
5. Decide a Family Out of State Emergency Contact
Get permission from your contact before hand and let them know what their role is.
6. Make a Family Emergency Calling Tree
7. Add a Written Copy of All Emergency Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers & E-mails and information in each kit. Include:
Call Out of State Family Contact
Practice Family Emergency Calling Tree
Practice Emergency Signaling
In an emergency, will you be part of the problem –
or part of the solution?