Hurricane Prep | Create a Plan
According to FEMA, over 60% of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. This also means they don't have the supplies set aside or plans in place to protect themselves or their family’s health and safety in the event of a natural disaster.
That's where Prepare with Centra Care tip #2 comes into play. More than a collection of names, phone numbers, and street addresses, an Emergency Action Plan is an instruction manual for how to stay healthy, stay informed and stay in contact in an emergency. Because an Emergency Action Plan affects everyone in your household, the whole household should be involved in making and practicing the plan.
Emergency Action Plan Next Steps
- Find phone numbers for your physician, pediatrician, pharmacist and veterinarian and print a hard copy and also put them on a thumb drive.
- Designate an out-of-town contact who can help your household reconnect.
- Identify a shelter-in-place location inside your home, 2 emergency meeting places outside your home where your family can reunite in an emergency and at least two ways out of every room in your home.
Ask your child's school or daycare about their emergency communication and family reunification plans.
Be sure to update your emergency action plan whenever your family moves, your child changes schools, you change jobs, have a child or experience some other significant life event.
Things to Remember
Below are other important phone numbers that Centra Care physicians suggest you include in a family communication plan:
- Centra Care: 407-200-CARE (2273) - remember that our offices will be open when most doctor's office have closed.
- Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222
- Animal Poison Control Helpline: 888-426-4435
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Your family may not be together when a hurricane occurs, so it is important to know how to contact one another and how to get back together. Keep important numbers written down in your wallet in case you cannot access the contact list in your phone. Landline and cellular phone systems are often overwhelmed following a disaster, so you may need to use text messages and social media. Be sure to practice your plan with your family.