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One important component is an emergency communications plan. It is essential that your family know how to get in touch with each other and have a local meeting place. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance than locally so it is also important to identify a friend or relative out of the area who can serve as a contact point for everyone.
Choose an out-of-town contact that each member
of your family or
household will call or e-mail to check on each
other should a disaster
occur. Your selected contact should live far
enough away that they
would be unlikely to be directly affected by
the same event, and they
should know they are the chosen contact.
- Print the sheet of communications cards
out to get the number of cards
needed for your family.
- Complete the information requested on
each Family Emergency
Communications Card so every household member
has that contact's, and
each other's, email addresses and telephone
numbers (home, work, pager
- Cut the cards apart and fold them in half
so that they may be easily
carried in your wallet, backpack, etc.
- Leave these contact numbers at your
workplace and at your children's
- Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they should try again later or try e-mail. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen, but e-mail can sometimes get through when calls don't.