From Sheriff David A. Mahoney                           

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Emergency Preparedness: Have A Plan!

As we having been dealing with the impact of Hurricane Florence in recent days, I am reminded of how important it is to be prepared in the case of an emergency.  I certainly hope you have not been caught off guard, but if so, this will be a good way to get started in making a plan.  Otherwise, I trust this will be a good reminder for us all.

A family emergency plan is a simple written document and should take you no more than about 30 minutes to complete. Once completed, print it out and store a copy with your Emergency Preparedness Kit.

  • Out-Of-Town Contact Information - When disaster strikes, local telephone (and mobile phone) equipment may be overloaded or out of service. When this occurs, it's important for each family member to check-in with the designated Out-Of-Town Contact. Your Out-Of-Town Contact can them let other family members know the status and location of everyone.
  • Emergency Meeting Locations - Disasters can strike at any time. It's likely that not all of your family members will be at home when this occurs and keeping family together in an emergency is important. When it's safe to do so, family members should attempt to relocate to the designated Emergency Meeting Locations.
  • Basic Information About Each Family Member - If you are separated from one or more family members, having their basic information can be very helpful to Emergency Personnel in helping you locate them. In addition, stressful situations can make recalling this type of information difficult, so it's always a good idea to have it written down. Emergency Medical Personnel need to know about serious medical conditions. This information should be written down in this area.
  • Address and Contact Information of Places Your Family Members Spend Most of Their Time - When trying to locate family members, knowing their most likely locations the phone numbers of those locations, can help you locate and communicate with them.
  • Doctor Information - If one of your family members is injured, Emergency Medical Personnel may need to contact your local doctor for records, or additional information that will help them with treatment.
  • Policy Numbers of any Medical and/or Home Owners Insurance Plans - In order to file claims and receive emergency assistance during a disaster, you will need this important information.

For an easy to follow template, go to https://www.fema.gov or https://www.ready.gov and search “family emergency plan”.  Source: www.ready.gov


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