Ensure your family stays in contact in a disaster
Recently after I read a story about a young teenager separated from her parents in the wake of the Sendai March 11, 2011 earthquake and the devastating tsunami, I decided to pack a small pack in both my daughter schoolbag and my husband’s briefcase. By the way, the teenager did locate her parents after 48 hours – she stayed alive on the top floor of her school, surviving am earthquake, tsunami and a blizzard.
Survival Emergency Contact List
First of all we discussed and picked two meeting places:
The first was a location a safe distance from our home in case of fire – this is in our street opposite our home and saves us all trying to frantically look for each other.
The second was a place outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. We have a fire department near us as a first call and a friends house in the neighborhood as a backup location
We then chose an out-of-state friend as a family contact for everyone to call. We are more likely to connect with an out-of-state number than a local number when there is a disaster in our local area. All family members are to contact this phone number in case of an emergency. We also supplied our contact number with our out-of-state family so it minimizes calls to our area after normal phone services have been restored.
If someone in your family has a communication disability, make sure your emergency information list notes the best way to communicate with you. This may be by writing notes, pointing to letters, words, or pictures, or finding a quiet place. Also equip them with a Kwikpoint
Let Your Family Know You’re Safe
If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site available through RedCross.org to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.