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60-second safety: Write down emergency contacts

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This safety series is designed to help you prepare your family for life’s emergencies — big and small — and keep you as safe and healthy as possible when Mother Nature or life throws the unexpected your way. Take the next minute to help make yourself and your family safer.

Create an emergency communications plan.

If an emergency caused you to lose or disable your phone, would you know your family members’ phone numbers? Would your children?

Cut out this form and fill it in with at least two family emergency contact numbers. Make sure that you let your emergency contacts know that your family will be calling them to check in after an emergency. (Consider this a great excuse to call your mother; it may take more than a minute, but it will be worth it).

One of the phone numbers should be a long-distance number since after a disaster local phone lines and cell towers can become overwhelmed, making it easier to place long-distance calls. It can also be easier to get text messages to go through when cell calls won’t, so think about including at least one phone number for someone who has a text-enabled phone. For your kids, you may want to make your name and number the first contact. After you fill in your numbers, make copies for each member of your family to put in their wallet or backpack.

60-Second Safety is provided by Johnson County Community Organizations Active in Disasters. Send ideas to newstips@dailyjournal.net.

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