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Is the Entire Family Secure and Responsible in an Emergency?

By Denis Korn

Is your entire family prepared for emergencies at all times?

Recent  events has bought us catastrophic circumstances that have had devastating and lasting effects on thousands of people around the world.  I pray that you take this advice seriously.

Recent conversations have motivated me to post once again this important article.

I am reminded of a presentation I made some years back to a large gathering of preparedness professionals.  This convention consisted of folks who came from all over the country and of course this meant that they would be gone from their families for a few days.  Bear in mind that at my presentation there were a couple hundred people whose responsibilities included preparedness planning and education for very large companies, organizations, and governmental agencies.

At the beginning of my talk I asked the group how many felt completely confident that in their absence their families were prepared do deal with unforeseen emergencies or disasters – especially significant ones.  Only a few raised their hands!  Since most of these participants were the head of their households, what does it tell you about fulfilling one’s responsibility to protect and keep the family secure in difficult times?

Fortunately over the years the professional emergency management community has become more dedicated to personally embodying what they are responsible for in government and business.  What about the average household?

It appears that most head of households have some notion that their presence is security enough for the family.  This is a dangerous assumption.  The sensible attitude is to insure that all family members – adults – the elderly – teenagers – and young children, know what to do, how to respond, where to go, who to contact, and where the information and supplies are located.  Instructions should be in writing and the entire family should participate in drills and practices.  Family members – immediate and extended – should know their part during an emergency under all scenarios and given any combination of family members physically present – or absent.

Do your children know what to do and how to act if a serious emergency occurs and they are not at home?  How will your communicate with them or those in their keeping?  What if they are at school – what plans does the school have to communicate with parents or guardians? What will the school provide for students?  Do you have contingency plans for communication and provisioning for your spouse – adult children – younger children away from home at camp, etc.?

Between Learn To Prepare and numerous internet websites, there is an abundance of valuable information for the whole family.  Study this information as if your life depended on it – in a significant emergency it does!

So I ask all of you reading this post:  In your absence is you family adequately educated and prepared to properly respond and survive during a serious emergency situation?

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1 comment to Is the Entire Family Secure and Responsible in an Emergency?

  • This is true. What happens if the kids are at school when disaster strikes and the roads to get to school are jam packed full of traffic? They’re going to need to know how to keep away from danger in (at minimum) the time it takes you to get to them.