Make a Plan

Family creating an plan for what to do in case of an emergencyEmergencies are more common than most of us think they are. So having a plan for what to do, where to go, and how to meet up with members of your household will make it easier for you to reconnect with loved ones when the unexpected does happen.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the most likely types of emergencies to occur are flooding, winter storms, or an earthquake.

Here are some tips to help you start making a plan for emergencies:

  • Make a contact list: Today much of our lives are on our mobile devices – this includes people’s phone numbers. Make sure you have your key people’s contact information written down and tucked into your emergency kit so that you have the information that you need to connect with them and let them know you are okay - even if your phone doesn't work!
  • Assign an out of state contact: During a regional disaster, there is a good chance that local phone lines will be down. As a result, you may find that someone far away may be better able to receive and relay information about you and your family to others. Your contact should be able to send and receive texts because you may find that you can send and receive texts but cannot make a voice call during an emergency.
  • Plan where to meet. Since disasters can happen at any time and anywhere it is important to have a plan for how you will reconnect with your family. As you put your plan together, think about your family’s daily routines and where they take you, then create a plan for how and where you will reconnect. Make sure to include a meeting location inside and outside your neighborhood so that you know where to go in case you cannot make it back to your home.

Additional resources to help you plan for emergencies: