Emergency plans are LOW on relocation priorities. With so many urgent decisions and activities, emergency planning doesn’t occur to any of us.
But then IT HAPPENS!
A bone breaks, weather gets “take cover” bad or security becomes an issue.
What to do? With few connections and limited community knowledge, who to call is not top of mind.
NOTE: For those of you not from the United States, dialing 911 will give you access to an ambulance, fire truck or the police.
Emergencies unexpectedly happen both in your home and in your community. They are unexpected, but at the same time many of these emergencies can be planned for.
We are taking inventory of emergency types and available resources. These are important to know so that a go to plan is developed and known by the whole family.
Medical, Weather, Fire, Safety, Childcare
Emergencies occur in the home, the community or as a nation. Let’s list a few obvious and not so obvious emergencies.
As Adults, most of us know how to generally navigate these events.
However, the lack of local information severely limits what we can do efficiently. First we research and then we act. This can cause risk to increase.
HOME AND COMMUNITY IMPACTS
Listing the emergencies that are specific to the new home and community is important. Each place can create unique emergencies.
For example: Do you live in a single family home, townhouse, apartment building, mobile home, tiny home or high rise? Though similar in function, they each come with their unique risks depending on the emergency.
With severe weather or Cat 3 or less tornado and staying in the home results may include:Please talk to your local law enforcement about the best options and work to be in a permanent structure for safety.
Moderate or severe emergencies require outside assistance. Knowing where to go, who to contact and what to do will save a life or prevent future damage, to persons and/or property.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Plan / Place / People / Practice
Emergency locations influence every aspect of your response both dwelling and community. Realizing that each place creates it’s own set of challenges and advantages adjusts the plan and response.
Just because you may know what type of people to call does not mean you know them.
Finally, you must practice. Practice to remember! Make it a knee jerk reaction.
The National Safety Council recommends the following precautions
- Make sure to have a family communication plan in place; all members of the family should review and practice the plan
- Have all family members’ and other important phone numbers written down or memorized
- Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food and water at home
- Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
- Assign one family member the responsibility of learning first aid and CPR
- Know how to shut off utilities
These are all things we don’t think about during a move.
Creating an Emergency Guide as a family is imperative to keeping everyone safe. Start with the 4 questions from https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my Shelter plan?
- Where is my “evacuation” route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Creating an emergency plan is a multifaceted project which will evolve over time. It is imperative to have a basic one in place upon arrival in your new city.
Finally, PRACTICE!!! Make sure everyone knows the Plan the Place and the People…under the pressure of a crisis.
As you learn create your Family Emergency Plan remember to update your
“Who To Call” Worksheet.
If you have any suggestions to help others please email me at Annette@ReloMoms.com. Together we live great Relo Lives!!
A ReloMom currently in the wilds of Texas, working to encourage and inspire others while seeking another adventure.