September is national preparedness month: Have a plan

Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare

Emergencies can happen at any time.  Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together?


Before  an emergency happens, have a family discussion to determine who would be your out-of-state point of contact, and where you would meet away from your home – both in the neighborhood and within your town.

Let them know you are OK

Pick the same person for each family member to contact.  It might be easier to reach someone who’s out of town.

Text, don’t talk!

Unless you are in danger, send a text.  Text messages may have an easier time getting through than phone calls, and you don’t want to tie up phone lines needed by emergency workers.

For more information and to download and complete a Family Communication Plan, visit

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