Blog: “Do You Have a Family Emergency Plan?"

July 19, 2015


There is no shortage of news stories about unexpected tragedies befalling people. Weather events, house fires, as well as school, work and neighborhood situations are extreme examples.  However, when they occur they pose a serious threat to our very lives. Developing a family emergency plan helps people to cope with a potential disaster situation by planning in advance. The key elements of an emergency plan are:

  1. Knowing what could happen

  2. Developing a plan for it

  3. Making preparations

  4. Practicing

Developing a Family Emergency Plan should be a group effort.  It invites household members to share responsibilities and work together to ensure that everyone knows the following critical information:

  • How to contact one another

  • How to get back together

  • Where to meet in different situations

  • Awareness of disaster plan procedures at various workplaces, schools, and/or child care centers

Every household should have an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit of supplies to be used at home, or ready to be taken in an evacuation.  The emergency plan should also consider people’s special needs and how to care for pets.  The American Red Cross offers tools and instructions for preparing the home and the workplace for an emergency.  Also, the federal goverment's Family Emergency Plan forms provide vital information that should be shared with all household members.  


Don’t delay.  Start the conversation with your loved ones.  Invite their participation in creating a plan to cover any potential emergency.  Make preparations together.  Share practice ideas and actually practice it.  If you do these things, you will turn a potential emergency into an anticipated event where everyone is prepared to take appropriate action and remain safe.


Prepare WELL! 


M. J. 


M. J. White is the creator of “LEAN Wellness”, which transforms work environments with a radically different bottom-up approach that inspires continuous improvement in health and wellbeing. To learn more, visit the website at: or email M. J. directly at:


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