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    Plan

    family-teaching[1]When a disaster strikes you will have little, or no, warning and your family may not be together.  It is important that you plan in advance:

    • How you will get to a safe place?
    • How you will contact one another?
    • How you will get back together?
    • What you will do in different situations?

    Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) (PDF – 750 Kb) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.

    You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your community leaders, colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.

    FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS

    How will you communicate during a disaster if your family was not together when a disaster strikes? Think about how you will communicate in different situations.

    Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase, etc. Additionally, complete contact cards for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.

    Check with your children’s day care or school. Facilities designed for children should include identification planning as part of their emergency plans.

    Family Communication Tips

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    Identify a contact such as a friend or relative who lives out-of-state for household members to notify they are safe. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

    Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.

    Teach family members how to use text messaging (also known as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.

    Subscribe to alert services offered by the Hempfield Township Emergency Management Agency available on the Warning Systems and Signals page.