Contact(s)

TIP#2:  CREATE AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

In an emergency, your family may not be together, or you may be asked to evacuate your home. Thinking about what you would do in different situations and preparing a plan with every member of your family is the first step to being prepared.

 

During an emergency, it may be easier to reach someone using text messaging or social media or to make a long-distance call than to call someone locally (due to network damage or a jammed system). Discuss with your family which way(s) you will try to get in touch with each other. Identify one or two out-of-town contacts you and your loved ones can call or text message to connect and share information. Be sure they live far enough away so they will not likely be affected by the same emergency.

Download this quick and easy template to help you create your Family Communications plan today!

 Make sure everyone in your family, as well as your two key contacts, know how to use text messaging. During emergencies, these messages may often get through even when phone calls may not. Always keep your communication devices fully charged.

Keep a listing of emergency numbers at the ready and make sure all members of your family know where they are. Teach children when and how to dial 9-1-1 and other key numbers they may need to call. Here are some numbers you should consider having on this list: 

  • 9-1-1 (where available)
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Family doctor
  • Telehealth
  • Poison control
  • Family & friends who can lend support in a crisis
  • Insurance contact
  • Utility companies
Graphic of a person standing in front of question mark You can build a customized emergency plan using the Make an Emergency Plan Online Tool

Return to Be Prepared Home page

City of Cambridge|City of Kitchener|City of Waterloo|Township of North Dumfries|Township of Wellesley|Township of Wilmot|Township of Woolwich
Designed by eSolutionsGroup