Like individuals and families, schools, daycare providers, workplaces, neighborhoods and apartment buildings should all have site-specific emergency plans. Ask about plans at the places where your family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent. If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead, and communicate with others in advance.
Emergency planning is an important part of a comprehensive workplace safety program. Taking proactive steps can reduce the social and economic costs of emergencies, criminal acts, crises, and disasters. An effective response during an emergency depends on the quality of planning and training that occurs before a situation arises.