September is National Preparedness Month and According to FEMA, 50% of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan with family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster. Does your family have a plan? When I was younger I thought nothing could ever happen to me, that I was invincible. Then came September 11, 2001 and my entire life and being was flipped upside down. Never again would I be caught without a plan to get to my family and safety. After September 11th I started leaving sneakers at my desk at work and had places set to meet my loved ones throughout New Jersey in case of an emergency.
Then I became a mother….
So now…..A PLAN is not only a good idea it’s a NECESSITY!!!!
Communicating with your friends and family when a disaster occurs is important. How will you get in touch with each other? Where will you meet? It’s important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.
For me, the most important plan I need to have in place is HOW TO GET TO MY CHILDREN in the event of an EMERGENCY! Save The Children has come up with the Get Ready, Get Safe Initiative . It took more than six months to reunify the final child with her family after they were separated in Hurricane Katrina. We can’t let that happen again!!
DOWNLOAD FEMA’s Family Communication Plan HERE
Check out this post I did on Emergency Preparedness for the WHOLE Family!! Learn how to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster or emergency with lists for children and pets HERE
Disclosure: I was NOT compensated for this post and wrote it in conjunction with the Ad Council and FEMA