4 Steps to Create a Family Emergency Plan


Talk about emergencies with your family

Use one of your "family meetings" to discuss what should happen if someone needs to go to the hospital.  This should be a calm discussion, without raising tensions or fear, but fear itself should be discussed. Children in the family should know that it's OK to be afraid and to talk about their fears. 

Even the smallest children should be involved. Use simple words, and explain that we always listen to Mommy and Daddy to stay safe. Remember, too, that the more you discuss what may happen and how to help in an emergency situation, the less frightful it can be.  The key message of this discussion, along with the guidelines below, is that everyone should:  stay calm, speak clearly and remember the plan.