Complete a contact card for each family member. Contact Cards should include all family members phone numbers along with friends or relatives to contact in case of an emergency. Choose an out of town contact for all family members to notify they are safe. It may be easier to make a long distance call versus a call across town during an emergency. Keep these cards in a wallet, purse, or backpack.
Identify a location in advance where all members of the family can meet in the event your home has been compromised by disaster.
Your family's plan should include situations when you are together or away at work or school. Plan for each possible disaster situation. Whether you have to evacuate your home or you need to shelter in place, have a plan ahead of time.
Your plan should address these considerations:
Primary and alternate evacuation destinations and routes.
Shelter in Place 72-96 hours
Utilities shutoff and safety
Special dietary and/or medication considerations
Review these plans with all members of your family and update annually.
It’s important that you and your family know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. This means understanding which emergencies are likely to occur in your area and specific responses to each one. Keep this website in your favorites and "Like" our Facebook page.
Once you have prepared yourself and your family, get involved in strengthening your community. Join the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT actively involves citizens in making our community safer, stronger and better prepared. Go to Hayscountycert.com to get involved.