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How To Create An Emergency Communication Plan For Your Family

Earthquakes are unpredictable. They don’t wait for us to be home with our families and earthquake bags nearby. When an earthquake strikes, you could be anywhere. That’s why it’s so important to have an emergency communication plan for your family.

What is an emergency communication plan?

Living on the West Coast, we know that an earthquake can hit at any time – even when we are not with our family members.

Despite their unpredictability, you can prepare for an earthquake. FEMA and the CDC recommend 3 steps to ensure that you are always prepared: get your earthquake bag packed, your home ready, and have an emergency communication plan in place for your family.

An emergency communication plan is a part of earthquake preparation. It’s a short plan that determines how, when, and with what your family will communicate after an earthquake.

What should my emergency communication plan include?

While an emergency communication plan won’t be identical for every family, an effective plan should have a few basic elements.

These are:

  • A communication team
  • Contact information cards
  • Out-of-town emergency contact
  • Meeting place
  • Timeline

 Establish a team

Your communication team should include your immediate family members. You may also need to include adults who supervise loved ones, like children or elderly parents.

Contact information for each family member.

Each family member should have access to a list of contact information for all members of the team. This might be a note saved to a phone, or even a laminated card for children to keep in their backpack. If your loved one is hurt, someone will be able to contact the team and keep them updated.

Out-of-town emergency contact.

Your team should also include an out-of-town emergency contact. Panicked citizens often jam local phone lines, but long-distance calls may still be available. Having an emergency contact in another town or state will make it easier to connect. This person can also act as a central point of contact for all family and friends.

Emergency meeting place

Once you know the safety and whereabouts of your family members, you should all head toward your emergency meeting place. This safe location must be easily accessible to all members of your family, including pets.

Timeline for communications and meetings

Finally, your plan should include a timeline for when, where, and how each team member should communicate after an emergency.

Tips for communicating after an earthquake

  • Keep it short. Save your phone’s battery by keeping conversations short and turning down your screen’s brightness.
  • Text is best. Texting from your cell phone requires less bandwidth and is more likely to reach the recipient.
  • Use social media. If you’re able to access wi-fi, use social media to post a status update or mark yourself safe in the event of an emergency. This can help free up your phone line by minimizing the number of calls from well-meaning relatives who are not a part of your communication team.
  • Prepare everyone. Make sure even the youngest members of your family know how to dial 911 on a phone.

 Even the youngest members of your team can learn how to call emergency services.

What if I don’t have access to a phone after an earthquake?

If your phone is lost or broken, you will need an alternative communication. Consider storing cheap prepaid cell phone in your emergency bag. Pre-program it with all the numbers you may need and make sure you have a backup power option in your bag to charge it.

What do I do if I can’t reach a family member?

If you are unable to reach them by phone, and they have not checked in on social media, you can alert the authorities to their last known whereabouts.

What about my pets?

Assign a team member to check on pets and bring them to your meeting place after an emergency. If you cannot find them right away, they may be hiding. Leave out some food and check back for them after a few hours.

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How many people did Hurricane Irma affect?1.2 million people Hurricane Irma: Damage mapped. The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade has left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, affecting an estimated 1.2 million peopleIrma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, reached the highest, category five status, and packed sustained winds of up to 295km/h (185mph).

Coronavirus could create ‘compound disaster’ in Florida as hurricane season looms

Florida emergency managers are accustomed to planning for hurricanes. But as the June 1 start of the season grows closer and the state’s coronavirus outbreak lingers on, questions and uncertainties are nagging at the people preparing for the worst-case scenario.

Will a stretched-thin FEMA be ready to respond? What will shelters look like in the age of social distancing? And if shelters open ahead of a hurricane, will vulnerable people leave their homes?

“The biggest issue we’re facing is the sheltering of people in cramped-in areas,” said Frank Rollason, the director of emergency management for Miami-Dade County. “We’ve told people to stay away from each other for so long that if a hurricane comes and we need to open shelters, we’re fearful that they won’t come.

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“We know how to handle hurricanes,” Holness told the Miami Herald. “It’s this virus that’s devastating.”

Florida has been hit or narrowly edged by major storms in each of the past four years, including a direct hit to the Panhandle by Category 5 Hurricane Michael. And though state and local planners have for weeks been quietly studying how to navigate storm season amid a pandemic, Florida’s U.S. senators sent a letter to FEMA Director Peter Gaynor asking him to issue guidance to state and local governments about how they should prepare for a hurricane while social distancing measures are in place.

“With hurricanes, early planning and preparation is key, and while officials are currently focused on the pandemic, we must start thinking about June 1,” Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Republicans, wrote in a letter. “We ask that you take into account how to properly evacuate and shelter those who either have, or are suspected to have, the coronavirus in the event of a storm. Consistent and sound guidance will be crucial to saving lives during a natural disaster.”

Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said in an interview that he designated a team a month ago — as the coronavirus epidemic began to explode in Florida — to work on hurricane preparations. He said one of the key discussions ongoing with local governments is how to open school shelters should coronavirus continue to be a problem into the summer.

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