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Be Prepared for Disaster - How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster

September is National Preparedness Month! There are four building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. Each week this month, Ashland Fire & Rescue will explore a different emphasis in being prepared for a disaster. The first topic if How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.

During an emergency, it can be hard to connect with family members. Kids may be at school, parents may be at work, and extended family members may be out of town. This month, the focus is to make a plan on how to reconnect if your family members are separated when the disaster strikes. It may not be possible to reconnect at home.

Here are the steps you can take BEFORE the emergency happens:
  • Identify an out of state contact that each family member can call to let them know they are okay.
  • Identify a family meeting place away from your home –in your neighborhood and in your town.
  • Complete the Family Communication Plan www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
  • Give each member of your family the family communication plan to keep with them on paper or on their phone. 
Here are some reminders of preparedness resources that are always available in Ashland:
  • 1700 a.m. – and streams on our website
  • Wildfire Hotline 541.552.2490
  • Save the date for Ashland is Ready – November 1.
For more information on how to be ready, see www.ashlandcert.org. Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to over 3,500 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.
 

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