Family Disaster and Emergency Planning
You may not be with your family if a disaster should
occur. Decide how you will contact one another and make a plan for
what you will do in different situations.
Long-distance phone calls may be easier to make than
local calls during an emergency. An
out-of-town contact may be
in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
Cellular phones may not work.
Be sure each person in your family
knows the phone number and
has coins or a
prepaid phone card to
reach the contact.
If you have trouble
getting through, or the telephone system is down
altogether, be patient.
Learn what types of disasters are more likely to occur in
your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your
attention vary from community to community. One method is to broadcast
via emergency radio and TV broadcasts.
You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call, or emergency
workers may report disasters by going door-to-door.
Contact the closest chapter of the
American Red Cross for emergency
information for your community, in Clark County that's (812) 282-7521.
Inquire about emergency
plans at places where your family spends time, such as
school. If no plans exist,
consider volunteering to help create one! Talk to your neighbors about
how you can work together in the event of an emergency.
Find out how to prepare a family emergency plan by
ReadyAmerica website, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.