Emergency Family Plan Call a family meeting and create a plan. Emergencies happen when we don't expect them, and often when families are not together. Suddenly, you need to think about your kids at school or elderly parents across town. If phones don't work, or some neighborhoods aren't accessible, what will you do?
Learn the types of disasters or emergencies that may likely occur in our area. Petersburg has been susceptible to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, winter storms and yes even earthquakes. Emergencies can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like a tornado or flood.
Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare
Having an emergency plan is your family’s best chance of surviving an emergency or disaster and of being reunited, if separated. Your plan should cover children, seniors, family members with other access or functional needs, pets, and your home. The plan should also include arrangements for the care of your pets and animals, if needed.
To help get you started Virginia Department of Emergency Management has an Emergency Preparedness Handbook that you can download from their website that will assist you.
Know What to Do in Case of Emergency
Learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency or disaster. It is vital that you understand what a disaster could mean for you and your family. Each person's needs and abilities are different, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and to put plans in place. Get ready now.