Week 1 - Preparing Family and Friends

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September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM), which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Each week during 2016’s National Preparedness Month, UCSF Emergency Management will send out tools and resources for employees and their families to use to ensure that they are better prepared for emergencies both in the workplace and at home.

Week 1 – Preparing Family and Friends

Please see below for emergency preparedness resources, downloads, and videos from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s national emergency preparedness campaign (www.ready.gov).

All UCSF Medical Center employees are encouraged to review and make use of these resources to learn how to:

  • Contact family and friends before, during, and after an emergency: Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Make a reunification plan for how to come back together should one or more family members become separated from the rest of the family.
  • Prepare for the unique needs of your family members, friends and neighbors.

Videos, & Other Related Preparedness Resources
Family Emergency Communication Plan
  • First week of National Preparedness Month is about getting all generations prepared. Anyone aged 2 to 102 should be ready for disasters!
  • Check out these tools to start your family emergency plan today: www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan
  • Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Get started with tips from: www.ready.gov
  • What’s in your wallet? Part of our family emergency communication plan can be. Get the pocket-sized version: 1.usa.gov/1LPuV9o Tip: Keep important numbers written down in your wallet, not just on your phone
  • Take part in PrepareAthon Day on 9/30 by participating in a preparedness discussion or training: 1.usa.gov/1S6oT4U
  • Complete the actions in this Preparedness puzzle, you’ll be 10 steps closer to being prepare: bit.ly/22tNNpV

Youth Preparedness

  • Sending the kids off to school? Make sure they know what to do in case of an emergency. www.Ready.gov/kids
  • Include your pet in your emergency preparedness plans. Info: www.ready.gov/pets
  • Nearly 70 million children are in school/childcare each workday. Make a family plan to know how to reunite during an emergency.
  • Kids bored? Check out this online Ready Kids build-a-kit game: http://go.usa.gov/5hS5
  • Ask your child's school for a copy of their emergency plan for you to keep at home or work.
  • Fill out emergency contact numbers with your kids before they go.

Caregivers/Older Adults

  • Caregivers, get all the resources you need in case of an emergency. Check out www.ready.gov for tips.
  • Dads at work, Gram's with friends, kids are at school when disaster strikes. How will you get in touch? Don't Wait. Communicate.
  • Make sure parents and grandparents know how to text/post messages for emergencies.
  • Make sure your parents/grandparents have a *secure* digital copy of their insurance info.

Stay tuned for next week's preparedness theme…PREPARING THROUGH SERVICE!!!

To view September Preparedness Emails:
Week 1 - Preparing Family and Friends
Week 2 - Preparing Through Service
Week 3 - Individual Preparedness