Get home in an emer­gency

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Fol­low­ing an emer­gency, one of your first con­cerns will your fam­ily and home. Are they all safe? How would you get in touch if tech­nol­ogy fails?

If you can’t get home, where would you all meet up or could you stay with friends?

The start of a new school year is a great time to re­view what plans you have, and make sure ev­ery­one in your fam­ily is con­fi­dent they would know what to do in an emer­gency.

Talk to ev­ery­one about how they will get home if usual trans­port meth­ods are un­avail­able. It’s also im­por­tant to talk about where you would meet if you weren’t able to get home, or stay home safely.

Talk now with friends or fam­ily you could stay with, and make sure ev­ery­one is fa­mil­iar with how to get there and how to con­tact them.

Have a con­tact out­side the area, such as fam­ily in an­other city who ev­ery­one can call to say they are safe.

The start of the school year is the per­fect time to fa­mil­iarise your­self with your schools emer­gency plan.

It should tell you where the school will evac­u­ate to if needed, and how they will con­tact fam­i­lies, among other things.

If the school has used Wremo’s easy plan­ning tool, their plan can be found on our web­site.

Share the schools plan – what­ever form it’s in - with the whole fam­ily, you never know who might be pick­ing the kids up.

Make sure you com­plete the emer­gency con­tact list at your kids school as soon as you can, and talk to your chil­dren about

‘‘Make sure you com­plete the emer­gency con­tact list at your kids school as soon as you can.’’

what could hap­pen in an emer­gency.

It could just be that you’re held up in traf­fic and they get home to an empty house.

Would they know what to do? Iden­tify some places near to home that they could go; a friend’s house, the li­brary, a lo­cal shop.

It might be that they go back to school and find a teacher.

If you know some­one who is leav­ing home for the first time, talk to them about how they can be pre­pared.

Re­mem­ber be­ing pre­pared doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. Mov­ing to a new place means less lo­cal knowl­edge and net­works.

En­cour­age them to spend time in their new area, meet­ing peo­ple, and know­ing their way around.

And if tech­nol­ogy is work­ing, the free Red Cross’ Hazard App has a cool fea­ture where you can tag your­self as safe.

De­tails can be found at get­pre­


Go through house­hold plans often, and make sure ev­ery­one is fa­mil­iar with them

Talk­ing now can save stress in an emer­gency Don’t rely on tech­nol­ogy work­ing in an emer­gency

If you have any is­sues on emer­gency pre­pared­ness you’d like dis­cussed in this col­umn, email

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