During a disaster, getting in touch with family members may be difficult. That’s why it’s important to have a communications plan in place, so family members know how to reach one another.
Complete a contact card for each family member. Have family members keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse, backpack, etc. You may want to send one to school with each child to keep on file. For family members who have mobile phones, make sure those numbers are programmed into them.
During an emergency, it sometimes can be easier to place a call out of the area. Pick a friend or relative who lives out-of-state for household members to notify during an emergency that they are safe. Also remember that it’s sometimes easier to get a text message through during periods of heavy phone traffic.
Your Family Communications Plan should be completed and posted so the contact information is readily accessible to all family members. A copy should also be included in your family’s disaster supply kit.