Emergency Plan – Do you have one?

Do you want to stand a chance to survive a Crime related or Other Emergency? If you do not have a formal Emergency Plan I have bad news for you, you and your family’s chances for survival are low.

When some people hear “plan” they see something complicated and start running away from the idea. An Emergency Plan does not need to be complicated to be effective. An Emergency situation is stressful and adrenal dump in your body will cause you to struggle with complicated tasks. This means that your emergency plan must also be as simple and effective as possible.

Where do you start? You start by answering the following questions:

  • Make a list of possible emergencies that you want to cover with your plan.
  • Decide what will be your best IMMEDIATE action to take in EACH of those emergencies.
  • Decide on what role each of your family members will play. What will be there responsibility? If a certain family member is not there, who will take over their task or role?
  • Draw up a Contact List of people and Emergency Services that you will need to contact in EACH of your listed emergencies.

With this information you can now draw up your emergency plan. Here is a short example:

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EMERGENCY PLAN OF THE GREEN FAMILY

HOUSE FIRE

If our house is on Fire:

  • The 1st family member to become aware of the fire will:
  • Blow one of the whistles that we hung in identified spots all over the house THREE TIMES times as loud as possible and shout “FIRE FIRE FIRE !!”
  • Grab a Fire Extinguisher and try to extinguish the fire.
  • If any other family member is home and heard the whistle they will rush to the location of the fire, see what the situation is and call the Fire Brigade.
  • If there is nobody else home the family member who discovered the fire will call the Fire Brigade after trying ONCE to extinguish the Fire.
  • If, after the 1st attempt the Fire is still burning all family members will evacuate the house.

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Looking at this example you need to ask the following questions:

  • Do you have whistles all over your house?
  • Do your family members know exactly where each whistle hangs on the wall?
  • Do you have a code? Eg: One whistle blow means Intruder, Two means Injured family member, Three means Fire etc…
  • Do you have fire extinguishers?
  • Were they serviced in the past 12 months?
  • Do they have fixed positions and do all family members know where that is?
  • Do all family members know how to use them CORRECTLY?
  • Is the Fire Brigade phone numbers programmed on the mobile phones of all family members?
  • Is the Fire Brigade phone numbers placed on critical spots around the house?

That is all I want to say today 🙂  Now you need to go do your planning so you can Prove Superior when Sh!t Happens.