3 reasons why you should have a family communications plan #NPM2020 #NatlPrep

Final day of the first week of the 2020 National Preparedness Month. So to close this week out, we are going to talk about your family communications plan…aka comms plan.

No, not that kinda plan.

An essential part of your emergency plan is the easy family communications plan.

WAIT…did you say “I already have their phone numbers in my cell phone. Why do I need anything else?”

<eye roll>

Your memory isn’t that great. You are human. And it’s been proven that during a crisis/duress, your critical skills and ability to recount precise information sucks.

This is precisely why you need a family communications plan.

Technology has proven to fail and fail at critical times in a crisis or disaster. While your cell phone is a critical piece of equipment, there are times where you lose your phone.

Yeah, I know all of you Apple Watch users have used the find my phone feature.

Regularly, we find evacuees after a storm, they report that they do not have good reception or adequate data service for their phones. This renders their phone useless when trying to communicate essential information to loved ones.

And we all know when we lose power to our phones that most definitely eliminate all critical phone numbers, emails, etc…

So three solid reasons why you want to consider having a hard copy family communications plan ready in case of an emergency.

Need some help? Here’s an easy template provided by our Ready.Gov campaign

Click to access Family_Comm_Plan_508_20150820.pdf

 

Easy peasy right?

Do the right thing for the safety of your family.

Reporting live and closing out the first week of the 2020 National Preparedness Month!

@rusnivek

Monday morning with FEMA HQ staff

Solid Monday morning here at FEMA HQ.

Catching up to a few friends in External Affairs because preparedness doesn’t stop! I knew Jana starting back in the day as we were (and still are) huge advocates for the Ready.Gov Program.

For more details behind the FEMA Ready.Gov program, check out www.ready.gov

And since we are talking about External Affairs, I got a chance to take a deep dive with FEMA External Affairs Director Jessica Nalepa.

Lots of discussion on the complexities of External Affairs and how our actions are so critical in a disaster and of course the public perception. Also lots of discussion on dedication to career and service.

Looking forward to having more discussion with her on how to improve our response and elevate External Affairs for FEMA and the nation.

Suit up because I’m reporting live from Washington DC….

@rusnivek

FEMA launches Prepare with Pedro at the 2018 Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA Region V Administrator James Joseph was in Washington DC today for the Youth Preparedness Council at Red Cross HQ.

Great to see Ready.Gov partnering with everyone on today’s events.

Additionally, download the free Prepare with Pedro workbook for kids here.

@rusnivek

 

A great resource in the community? City council? Start with your Safety Chairperson #NatlPrep

No matter where you are, big or small, your city council is a great place to start to learn more about your community.

Engage your community’s council members & safety committee chairperson.They can provide valuable insight to emergency plans #NatlPrep

@rusnivek and my city’s Safety Committee Chair

It is highly likely that they are active members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) too. Whoop whoop!

For more information, check out www.Ready.Gov‘s free info on CERT here.

@rusnivek

 

Cans with pop tops? Nah, You’ll definitely need to plan for this #NatlPrep

When planning for tools in your kits for your family and friends, canned goods are great, but don’t forget about the….

PlanAhead to include a can opener in your emergency preparedness kits. Bec you never know when it might come in handy. #NatlPrep

Make sure you are prepared for anything including your own foods.

And for good measure, get some SPAM!

For more free planning and preparedness tips, check out www.ready.gov

@rusnivek

If you evacuate – plan to TAKE YOUR #PETS WITH YOU! #Preparedness #NatlPrep

No matter what kind of family pet you have, please make sure when you evacuate that you take your pets with you!

Evacuating? Fur sure take your pets w/ you & bring their pet emergency preparedness kit that has food + water + meds + IDs #NatlPrep

Your plan should identify specific shelters that can shelter your pets. Big or small!

Also, if your pet is soaked because of the rain, that’s not fun. So keep an extra pet rain coat handy too.High viz is extra awesome too.

Need a few more ideas for your pet preparedness kit? My pet preparedness kit includes a 3×5 notecard with

  • her name
  • her basic information (breed, name, phone, medications)
  • owner information (our names, address, phone, emails, twitter handles)
  • her vet name and contact information
  • vaccination records
  • her backup dog tags
  • and a 24-hour emergency vet clinic with emergency surgery capability

More tips can be found online for your pet preparedness plan at www.ready.gov/pets.

KacyTheDog approves your preparedness efforts too!

All PreparednessPups agree – Don’t get licked by poor planning.

#PlanAhead today!

@rusnivek

 

I got a headache!!! In your preparedness kit, I need your… #NatlPrep

Before you hear “I got a headache!!!!!” – everyone should have planned to keep extra medications in their emergency preparedness kit. And I know, you got the case of the MUNDAYS – so for sure we might have a few headaches.So make sure your planning includes extra medications for everyone in your family.

Make a medications list and plan to maintain an extra 3-5 days of your meds in your emergency preparedness kit. #NatlPrep 

Never know when you might have to use some meds.

For more great preparedness tips, check out my friends at www.ready.gov

Be safe and PlanAhead!

@rusnivek

Sharing your #Family #Emergency #Communications #Plan with First Responders #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Happy National Preparedness month! The focus during this second week is on preparing friends and family for different emergencies.

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Showcasing the skills of local first responders are incredibly important to adults AND kids. And sharing important information (like a Family Emergency Communications Plan) with first responders is critical.

National Preparedness Month that promotes creating family emergency communications plans.

National Preparedness Month that promotes creating family emergency communications plans.

Often times, we overlook explaining what actually happens during an emergency.

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So take the time to explain to your kids that during an emergency, ALL first responders are there to help. And of course, don’t forget to teach your children to dial 9-1-1.

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Reminder: When teaching children to call 9-1-1, do not verbally say “Nine-Eleven” as there is not an eleven button on the phone.

Do it today!

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“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

@rusnivek

Memorize ALL your phone numbers? If not, here’s a free solution #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Seriously, do you memorize all your phone numbers? Chances are, you don’t.

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So stop goofing around on this holiday and create your family emergency communications plan here.

For those who have heard me talk about my own plan, I use ubiquitous NIMS ICS-205 form. #NIMS #ICS #FTW

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Who’s embracing ICS now?

But seriously, take a few moments to plan for the safety of your family with your Family Emergency Communications Plan.

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“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

@rusnivek