Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Your Family

Disasters and emergencies can be hard to predict, but you can stay ready with an emergency preparedness plan that you share with your whole family. One of the most important aspects of an emergency preparedness plan is communication, which will include emergency alerts and established meeting places that you and your family know. Below, you’ll see the steps in formulating an effective emergency plan for any unexpected accident or disaster.

Explore emergency alert options

Modern technology makes it easy for the whole family to receive emergency alerts from local officials. After setting up alerts on your family’s smartphones, you can create a plan for different types of emergencies.

Set up a meeting place

Different disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, and flash floods can create a wide range of conditions that may require unique meeting places for your family when your home is inaccessible. You’ll want to walk your family through each type of disaster you might face and discuss appropriate meeting places for every scenario. Safe, familiar locations are ideal meeting places, since these will be accessible for all members of the family.

Keep I-C-E cards handy

An I-C-E, or in case of emergency cards can be helpful in facilitating emergency care in the event of sudden accidents or illnesses. I-C-E cards should include height, weight, known allergies and medical conditions, and emergency contact information. In addition to an I-C-E card, you might have each family member carry contact information for all close relatives, including phone numbers, email addresses, schools and workplaces.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide you with emergency care with consistently low wait times along with trauma care in our Level II Trauma Center in Thousand Oaks. For current ER wait times and more information about emergency preparedness, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746