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Preparing Your Family for Emergencies – The Essentials
Military families are stationed all over the world and face unique challenges like relocation and deployment. When disaster strikes service members and their families, they may not always have family or other loved ones nearby to turn to for help. No one wants to think about worst-case scenarios; however, it is best to prepare for disasters by taking time to create an emergency plan.
Military OneSource offers you guidance on what you need to know to prepare for emergencies. Here are some important steps:
Create a family emergency plan.
Planning for the unexpected begins with becoming aware of natural disasters more likely in your area and making a plan for yourself and your family. Communication is key for families. That starts with talking about what to do when there is an emergency. Supplement your good start with tips and ways to efficiently create an emergency plan by checking out this additional information.
Communication is Key
Use this guide to learn how to account for yourself and others during natural and man-made disasters.
Prepare a disaster kit.
If you are going on a vacation, you probably take time to pack essentials to take with you. The same applies for disaster preparedness. No one wants to be rushing around during a disaster trying to find and pack important items. That’s where preparing your disaster kit comes in. The kit includes important papers, medications, supplies and cash. Use the following links to find tips and checklists to make sure you’ve got everything you need.
- Emergency Supply Checklist (from FEMA)
- Build a Kit page on Ready.gov
- FEMA Financial First Aid Kit
- Military OneSource DOD Emergency Preparedness Guide
Know how to connect with missing loved ones.
Be familiar with the programs that can help you connect with family members or other loved ones after a disaster. These include the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System and the American Red Cross Safe and Well program, which allow individuals to register as safe or search for others who have listed themselves as safe.
Review the following information to learn more about connecting with missing loved ones during an emergency.
- National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System
- Red Cross Safe and Well program
- Department of State’s U.S. Citizens Missing Abroad
Sign up for installation emergency alerts.
Now is the time to inquire about the emergency procedures in place on your installation or in your community. Find out about your installation’s security procedures and sign up for installation and community alerts so you know what to do in an emergency.