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Creating Your Family Disaster Plan

Written by  Keith A. Baker November 21, 2007

A disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your location or trap you at home. Your family could be scattered and separated, located at schools, work, home or in cars. How will you find each other? How can you determine if they are safe? Do you know what to do if basic services such as gas, water, electricity or telephones were cut off?Relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Yet families can – and do – cope with disasters by preparing in advance. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. This article covers four issues to consider in protecting your family and creating a home disaster recovery plan. The 4 considerations are: Find out your risks, create a disaster plan, gather emergency supplies and practice and maintain your plan. Each issue

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