Download the plan
Handbook 2003 is a new publication
from Washington State
Division of Emergency Management that
goes beyond the basics covererd in the Family Preparedness
The 1996 publication "Family Emergency Preparedness Plan" is
a good starting point. Also, the Red Crosswebsite
can provide you with information on creating a Family Emergency
Your plan should include the
What types of disasters can happen in your community and what to do
in each type.
What you will do in an evacuation, including what to do with pets.
Remember, most disaster shelters will not accept animals.
Where you will meet if separated. Pick one place outside your home
and one place outside your community. Make sure that each family
member knows the address and phone number of these locations.
Two escape routes from each room in case of a fire.
The location of the utility shut-off in your home, and procedures
for using them.
Two escape routes from your community. Remember, roads may be
blocked during a disaster.
Your out of area Contact. Designate a friend or family member,
preferably in another state, to be your out of out of area contact.
When a disaster occurs, you can contact this person, who will act
as a relay to other friends or family members.
Emergency phone numbers. These should include the numbers for
police, fire, ambulance, out of neighborhood meeting site, and your
out of area contact. Consider making cards with these numbers for
each member of the family to keep with them.
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