How to Prepare for an Emergency
Natural Disasters: Have a Plan
Choose two meeting spots. Sure, in the best case of a worst-case scenario, your family will be together when an earthquake rumbles beneath your town.
But if you’re scattered, you’ll need a meeting place. Pick two spots where your family can congregate if conditions allow:
one close to your house, in case of something like a fire, and one outside your immediate neighborhood, in case nearby streets
Choose a contact person. This person should be a family member or so friend who lives out of state. After a disaster, it may be easier to call long distance than locally, notes Robertory. As soon as it’s possible, each member of your family should call that person to let his or her location be known.