GET READY FOR NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH BE SMART. TAKE PART. CREATE YOUR FAMILY COMMUNICATION PLAN

By Leslie Terjesen on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GET READY FOR NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

BE SMART. TAKE PART. CREATE YOUR FAMILY

COMMUNICATION PLAN

 

“September is recognized as National Preparedness Month,” stated Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.  “Your Family Emergency Communication Plan begins with questions such as, “What if something happens and I am not with my family? How will I reach my family?  How will I know they are safe?  How will my family know I am okay?”

            Freeholder Little added, “Many of our communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters and electricity could be disrupted.  Planning for any type of disaster or emergency helps ensure that all the members of your household, including children and people with disabilities, know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency.”

            Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “Making an emergency plan that every household member has will help you reconnect with others in case you do not have your mobile device or computer with you or if your battery runs down.  It is important to write down phone numbers and email addresses for everyone in your household.

            In addition, as disasters can strike during school or work hours, family members need to know their emergency response plans and how to stay informed.  Make sure your children are aware of the plans and let them know who would pick them up in an emergency.  Sign yourself up for emergency alerts from your child’s school, your workplace, and local government.  Make sure you are made aware of your child’s school plans in case of an emergency.

            It is also suggested that you identify someone outside of your community or state who can act as a central point of contact to help your household reconnect.  In a disaster, it may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call locally as the local phone lines could be jammed.”

            Regenye also added that in your communication plan you should also include phone numbers for emergency services, utilities, service providers, medical providers, veterinarian, insurance companies, and other services. Also enter household and emergency contact information into all household member’s mobile phones or devices.”

            You can find a copy of a Family Emergency Communication Plan on the front page of the Ocean County Health Department website at www.ochd.org or follow the Health Department of Twitter@OCpublichealth or like us on Facebook.