Create a Family Plan

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The following items are what make up your family plan in our Emergency Preparedness Plan.

The Family Plan includes a list of topics to discuss with your family, emergency protocol to follow, contact info, meeting locations and education. An emergency is no time to figure out what you should be doing. Make it a habit of reminding young children of your plans and protocols.

Discussion Points:

It’s a good idea to be on the same page with your family as to what you would do in case of an emergency. Review these concepts every few months as we all can be forgetful.

  • Meet with family members to discuss how to respond to the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies
  • Find safe spots in your home for each type of disaster
  • Discuss what to do about power outages and injuries
  • Draw a floor plan of your home and mark two escape routes from each room
  • Post emergency phone numbers near telephones
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire
  • Instruct family members to turn on radio for information
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local contact person to call in case of a disaster
  • Teach children phone numbers
  • Pick two reunion locations one right outside of your home, and one away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return
  • Take a basic first aid and CPR class
  • Revise and review the plan often with your family regularly

To Fill Out:

Here is a list of contact information it would be wise to have figured out ahead of time, and stored in a safe place.

Out-of-State-Contact:
Name:
City:
Telephone:

Local Contact:
Name:
Telephone:

Nearest Relative:
Name:
City:
Telephone:

Family Work Numbers:
Mother:
Father:
Other:

Emergency Telephone Numbers:

Police Department:
Fire Department:
Hospital:

Family Physicians:

Name:
Telephone:
Name:
Telephone:

Reunion Locations:
Right outside home:
Address:
Away from home:
Address:
Telephone:
Route to try first:

 

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  • Melissa

    Still enjoying your blog! I get the being overwhelmed part. 4 kids is not easy to prepare for. For my binder I just grabbed an ok one I had on hand and tossed it in a box and started hunting. I cleaned out each area of our home (spring cleaning type) and as I ran across important info and materials I tossed them in the box. Then I sat down down once it had been a couple day since I had added to the box and I sorted it all out and made sections based on out important info. I made a few sheets on my PC like an ID sheet for each person with space for a picture and finger prints as well as medical info and any identifying features. I made a page to keep track of my food storage and a couple checklists for things I want to add to my preps and things I still need to do. We are in the process of moving to another state so its actually made keeping track of what I have much easier. I love all of your suggestions and when I get settled I plan to use your blog to go back through and make sure I’m not missing anything!

  • Braggbj98

    Thank you so much for this site!  I’m a fairly new prepper and have been collecting information, purchasing food storage, etc. but I’m at a point where I’m overwhelmed and can’t put anything together.  This will give me focus!!  

    • Homeinsteader

       It can be overwhelming if you look only at the “big” picture…focus on what you can do TODAY…and make it happen…then tomorrow..and the next day…HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT? One bite at a time!

  • Mawber

    This Is GREAT. I have a disabled daughter and prepardenss lists help with meds and Drs names.

  • Lktollefsen

    I put this information on a google doc and shared with family and friends that need to know this type of information. Was an easy way for me to get the information to them and easy way to update…. especially since I am in Hawaii.  Thanks for all the tips!

  • Victoria

    If you are doing emergency planning for an aged parent, you might also check out your local area Agency for the Aging website.  They have many tips, including emergency planning for the aged. 

  • Victoria

    Here is a good link for creating a family emergency plan:  http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/Family_Emegency_Plan.pdf 
    It includes sheet and cards that can be laminated once filled out, and posted in your home, a binder, or in wallet. 

  • Karen

    Hi
    Help! I am really discouraged. I started out with food storage 10 baby steps emails and was going along very well until number six.But… life intervened. HaHa! Pnuemonia, broken bones, and other distractions. Should I start all over again from the beginning of the checklists or try to catch up. I have just received Checklist 16.
    Karen

    • Karen, The order of the checklists doesn’t really matter much beyond the first few. So I would just jump in where you are right now and work on the purchasing assignments for each list as you get it. When you get to the end you can go back to the earlier lists and work on them every few weeks. Hope that helps!

  • Started purchasing items for my 72 hour food kit, found a few items at the dollar store. 

    Do have a question. Where can I find out how much water I need per day for my kitties?  I need to think about them too.

  • Started purchasing items for my 72 hour food kit, found a few items at the dollar store. 

    Do have a question. Where can I find out how much water I need per day for my kitties?  I need to think about them too.

    • I’m not sure? Maybe you could measure how much water you leave out for them in a day, and then measure at the end of day and keep track for a week – then see how much they would need? Just an idea.

    • Homeinsteader

       Assume one gallon per day per human AND one gallon per day per pet. You may or may not need a full gallon per day per pet, but I guarantee you, people will turn pets out when they can no longer care for them. And someone will have to. Just a thought. Not a pretty one, but a realistic one.

  • Hjabcde

    Do you know of a 72-hour food kit list that has no meat or dairy?  We have some in our care that have huge allergies to both of these.
    Thanks for your work.
    Herb – hjabcde@gmail.com

  • Cristine

    I am still working on getting started. We have had alot going on since I first signed up for your site, which I absolutely LOVE, You have made everything so easy and informative.l am passing it on to the beautiful women in my life. Mother, sister, friends, Thank You. May God lead us all during times of trials. Stay focused on Him and He will protect and provide.

  • SharlieJ

    Maybe I’m dense, but item #4 has me a little confused. I understand “drawing out a floor plan of home” part…but not the “mark 2 routes from each route” part. Did you mean to say 2 routes from each room?

    • You’re not dense. It’s a typo! 2 routes from each room. Fixed now 🙂
      Thanks! In 2 1/2 years no one has caught that. haha.

  • Peaches649

    I am one of those people that couldn’t get past the big picture. I have spent the last 3 days working on my family plan and emergency binder. I am amazed at how much information I needed to gather. Having said that, I still have a couple of days to track down more information then I will have it completed. It will be so easy to keep it updated as changes occur by simply removing or adding pages. It gives me peace of mind to know I have everything I need in an emergency and can just grab it and go. The best thing I realized is the benefit this has for our children. Should anything happens to us everything they will need will be available so they won’t have to search anywhere. Love it, love it, love it. I also did alot of researching on what other people put in their emergency binder and custom made ours to fit our own needs. I also made firm contacts with both local friends and family and people in several different parts of the country that will be contact points for us and our family if needed. The only thing I am concerned about now is an alternative way to communicate should all phone service and the like be out. Oh well…that’s another project. lol Just start small. That’s the secret to all this working.

  • Smithgrl3

    This is really a great helps. I plan on giving this site to everyone I know.

  • Jm

    Answered a reader's question on Dollar Stretcher. I sent in your website, and is currently on their website. I think this is a great website. Keep up the good work

  • Jm

    Answered a reader’s question on Dollar Stretcher. I sent in your website, and is currently on their website. I think this is a great website. Keep up the good work

  • Shebaer

    Yes, thank you for this site. I will be recommending this to others who are interested. Thank you!

  • Shebaer

    Yes, thank you for this site. I will be recommending this to others who are interested. Thank you!

  • Mundorff1

    Thank you, I'm passing your site on to the Girl Scouts and plan to go through this to prepare for the upcoming Depression. Oh, I do believe there will be one and will hit hard…

  • Mundorff1

    Thank you, I’m passing your site on to the Girl Scouts and plan to go through this to prepare for the upcoming Depression. Oh, I do believe there will be one and will hit hard…

  • gunn_parker

    Thank you for this list, I'll start it straight away.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this list, I’ll start it straight away.

  • gunn_parker

    Thank you for this list, I'll start it straight away.

  • Thank you for the list, we know most of these things but don’t have them written down or a place to meet up. This is so important. I am making a Binder for each of my 11 children with this information. Thank you for making this so accessible to everyone.

  • Thank you for the list, we know most of these things but don't have them written down or a place to meet up. This is so important. I am making a Binder for each of my 11 children with this information. Thank you for making this so accessible to everyone.

  • Sounds like a great event! We're excited you'll be using our family plan. Let us know how it goes!

  • Ladies, I will have a booth at this Saturday’s Northwest Arkansas Emergency Preparedness fair (http://www.nwapreparednessfair.com/images/flyer.jpg). Our booth is called “Congregational Preparedness and Planning” and is designed to show the community our strengths as a Church in preparing for emergencies. We will be mostly talking about our “Chain of Communication” (i.e. Home Teaching/Visiting Teaching), our database of member information and resources, and how we encourage personal and family preparedness. One of the examples I will be using will be YOUR Family Plan. Keep up the good work!!!

    • Sounds like a great event! We’re excited you’ll be using our family plan. Let us know how it goes!

      • NCGardenGirl

        Jodi, I love how you’re always so cheerful and helpful in your responses. =)

  • Ladies, I will have a booth at this Saturday's Northwest Arkansas Emergency Preparedness fair (http://www.nwapreparednessfair.com/images/flyer…). Our booth is called “Congregational Preparedness and Planning” and is designed to show the community our strengths as a Church in preparing for emergencies. We will be mostly talking about our “Chain of Communication” (i.e. Home Teaching/Visiting Teaching), our database of member information and resources, and how we encourage personal and family preparedness. One of the examples I will be using will be YOUR Family Plan. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Jocelyn Robertson

    These are such basic, logical info to have – why haven’t we done this already? Thanks for the nudge!

  • Jocelyn Robertson

    These are such basic, logical info to have – why haven't we done this already? Thanks for the nudge!

  • Donna Baker

    My brothers and sisters and I just realized that we all go through our mom to pass around information. When we had a death in our extended family, we could not get hold of each other since my parents were on vacation out of the country. We did finally reach each other by e-mail and our nieces and nephews texting each other and calling parents. I had already started gathering information and this will give me one place to have it all together.

  • Donna Baker

    My brothers and sisters and I just realized that we all go through our mom to pass around information. When we had a death in our extended family, we could not get hold of each other since my parents were on vacation out of the country. We did finally reach each other by e-mail and our nieces and nephews texting each other and calling parents. I had already started gathering information and this will give me one place to have it all together.

  • Thanks for the advices, I’m reading this emergency family plan, I don’t know why we don’t learn this things here in Argentina. Gracias por tener esta web. Saludos

    Estela

  • Thanks for the advices, I'm reading this emergency family plan, I don't know why we don't learn this things here in Argentina. Gracias por tener esta web. Saludos

    Estela

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