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No matter where you serve or live, free and confidential help is available.
Call the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255.
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Preparing Your Family for Emergencies – The Essentials
Military families are stationed all over the world and may not always have family nearby to help when disaster strikes. No one wants to think about worst-case scenarios. However, you’ll have peace of mind when you take the time to create an emergency plan for your family.
Military OneSource offers you guidance on what you need to know to prepare for any kind of emergency. Follow these important steps:
Create a family emergency plan.
Planning for the unexpected begins with the whole family talking about what to do if there is an emergency. We can supplement your good start with tips and ways to efficiently create an emergency plan.
Review and use the following resources so you and your family are prepared should a crisis hit.
Prepare a disaster kit.
Part of being prepared is compiling a disaster kit. You’ll need emergency supplies, including money. The following links include tips and checklists for making sure you’ve got everything you need should a crisis hit.
Know how to connect with missing loved ones.
Be familiar with the programs that can help you connect with family members 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 the community. For your family’s sake, 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.