Emergency Action Plans: Winging it is Not a Plan

Through a partnership with the Ad Council, FEMA recently released several humorous PSAs that mock family emergency action plans…which, all-too-often, consist of not having one.



Mom: So, I’ve come up with an family emergency plan.

Daughter: What is it?

Mom: It’s difficult to explain so I’m not telling you.

Daughter: How will we know what to do?

Mom: You won’t.

Daughter: I’m so glad I won’t have to remember anything. {Hugs mom}

Dad: Me too.



Is Your Camp or School Prepared for Disaster?

It’s safe to say that if 6 out of 10 families don’t have emergency plans, a sizeable number of organizations probably don’t either. This is a conversation that must be had, and the difficulty of it cannot be an obstacle!

This conversation will begin with identification of the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan. You’ll assign an emergency response team and define what they are expected to do during an emergency, such as evacuate employees and visitors, provide first aid, set up a central command station, etc.

Don’t Know Where to Start?

Insurance companies, local emergency response officials, the American Red Cross, and the local office of FEMA will have resources to use in developing the plan. We recommend the American Camp Association’s comprehensive article on this topic. And this sample plan will give you the talking points you need to cover all the areas you might not think of on your own.

Once the plan has been developed and in place, training will be required. And the plan must also be evaluated periodically to determine if any new situations have been addressed.

While you’re at it, go ahead and encourage your staff’s families to create their own family emergency action plans (you too!). Consider taking it a step further by offering your facility as an established community hub in the event of an area disaster.

Hopefully, disaster preparedness is something you never need, but one thing is for sure: It’s something you’ll never regret.