Disaster Plan

March 3 2010 by Chris McGinnis
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panic-button-wr.jpgTwo major earthquakes in the Americas in the last two months. Monster storms and flooding in Europe. A series of blizzards in the northeastern U.S. When many of these natural disasters struck, I was glad to be in my hometown.

But how would I have reacted if I were out on a business trip? Recent events have really made me wonder about this. If disaster struck in a town I was visiting, who or how would I call for help? How would I let my family back home know I was okay?

On the flipside, what if I'm on a business trip to New York when "the big one" hits my hometown of San Francisco? How would I know if my family was safe? If my house survived? If my pets were okay?

From now on, I'm going to be better about leaving tracks regarding my whereabouts and be more personally prepared. Here's what I'm doing:

  • Before I leave on a business trip, I'll email my travel itineraries, hotel/work locations and contact info to members of my family.
  • I'll be sure my neighbors have all my contact information and I'll get theirs.
  • I'll set up an alternate central meeting place for my family if our home is destroyed or becomes uninhabitable.
  • In the event of a natural disaster, I will call, send a text (presumably the smarter choice if phone lines are overloaded) or send an email to family members letting them know my whereabouts and status--even if I'm in my hometown.
  • I will double check to be certain my U.S. cell phone works in the countries I will be visiting.
  • I'll consider my emergency escape route every time I check into a hotel.
  • I'll check on and re-stock the emergency preparedness kit in my basement.
  • I'll be sure I have a mini flashlight on my key ring and in my overnight bag at all times.

What have I left out here? Please let me know what you would do if disaster struck when you're traveling on business. Maybe you've been in a situation like this before and can share your experience and advice? Please leave your comments below.

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    By J Gill on March 25, 2010 9:58 AM

    One thing I've done is leave a scan of my passport with family so that when I travel overseas, they have an emergency copy in the event that mine gets stolen or lost. It's also useful to carry a photocopy of it with you. It can come in handy at the Consulate or Embassy if need be. You should also be able to register with the Consulate or Embassy in whatever country you're travelling to so that they are aware you're in the country. I know with Canada this is possible, and it can be helpful if foreigners are being evacuated from a country.

    By Your family safety plan on March 30, 2011 12:20 AM

    I believe now the whole world is under threat, that this natural disaster will kill them all. Natural disaster is like which happens at any moment of time. Natural disaster never gives you time indication that when it is going to come. The only question that strikes in every individuals mind, what are your family safety plans? One has to be prepared to save there families. We have gone through such safety plans through first24hrs.org, and the303plan.com feel free to contact for your safety.

    By My disaster safety plan on April 4, 2011 11:32 PM

    Our current situations is like we are not safe anywhere, we cant be sure that where we will be safe and how long we are going to survive, disaster are now every where, there is no such place where we can set our mind and say, that we are safe here No? The only way to keep your self safe from such big disasters is safety plans. If some one ask you what is your safety plan? What would be your answer? We human are sure about our Profitable business, we are sure whom we want to marry, we are sure how many children we want... but we are not aware what are safety plans for you and your family. It's high time start thinking about your family safety. Spend 30 min everyday.

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