September 11, 2001 a day that we will never forget. I can remember watching the chaos unfold from several states away from my friends and family. Fortunately Nebraska can be pretty well insulated from many disasters. Still all the same as Americans we felt the pain and fear that everyone on the east coast was experiencing. If you have a family or a business it is wise to create a disaster plan before rather than during the chaos.
Here are a few tips for how to create a plan for your family. If we do nothing else but prepare then we are still better off.
--- The following is an excerpt from MAKE A PLAN www.ready.gov ---
“Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) (PDF – 508 Kb) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.
Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan.
Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) (PDF – 3 Mb), print the pages and fill them in offline.
Your emergency planning should also address the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs and safely shutting off utilities.
Once you’ve collected this important information, gather your family members and discuss the information to put in the plan. Practice your plan at least twice a year and update it according to any issues that arise.”
You can find additional information about how to best prepare your family and your business for a disaster at www.ready.gov