In case of emergency in your Missoula neighborhood: Creating a Family Communication Plan
Chances are, you won’t always be at home or with all of your immediate family members when an emergency such as a severe storm or wildfire evacuation occurs. Having a Family Emergency Communication Plan in place prior to such events can help ensure that family members know how to reach each other, and where to meet up if communication networks are down.
An Emergency Communication Plan has three categories of information:
- Emergency Meeting Places and an Out-of-town Contact
Because emergencies can affect your home, your whole neighborhood, or even your entire town, your communication plan should have meeting places for each of these possibilities. For instance, if an emergency is contained within your home, your family could meet at a designated neighbor’s house, or a landmark down the block. If an emergency effects your entire town, your family should have both an out-of-town meeting place, and have a designated friend or family member who lives out of town as your main contact.
- Cell phone and/or work numbers for each household member
In today’s digital age, it’s rare to have phone numbers memorized That’s why its important to have a hard copy of contact numbers for family members. In the event of a dead cell phone battery or digital services becoming unavailable, a family member would still be able to use their contact list with the use of a landline or pay phone.
- Other important contact information (Emergency numbers, utilities, etc.)
Head to Ready.gov/plan for a full list of contacts you should have on hand, as well as a free family/household communication plan template. Once your communication plan is complete, make copies for each household member’s purse, backpack, or wallet, and an extra one to keep in your home.
After an emergency strikes, SERVPRO of Missoula can help you get back to normal. If your home experiences water damage from a severe storm or smoke/fire damage from a wildfire, call 406-327-9500 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”