In light of today’s unexpected earthquake om the East Coast here is a list of things that one should have in case of an emergency. Developing an emergency plan is a beneficial thing to have when switchboards overload.
Consider developing a disaster plan with your household members to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.
- Decide where your household will reunite after a disaster. Identify two places to meet: one right outside your home and another outside your neighborhood, such as a library, community center, or place of worship.
- Identify all possible exit routes from your home and neighborhood.
- Designate an out-of-state friend or relative that household members can call if separated during a disaster. If New York City phone circuits are busy, long-distance calls may be easier to make. This out-of-state contact can help you and your family communicate.
- Account for everybody’s needs, especially seniors, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers.
- Ensure that household members have a copy of your household disaster plan and emergency contact information to keep in their wallets and backpacks.
- Practice your plan with all household members.
When developing your family’s disaster plan, you should assemble and make copies of vital contact information for each family member.