ReadyChristian

Holistic readiness—spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Make a Plan

In this section you will take the first concrete steps toward readiness by developing:

  • An Evacuation Plan for you and members of your household describing where you will go to if evacuated from the places you live, work, study, and play.
  • A Communications Plan explaining to your network what you will do if an emergency requires you to evacuate, where and how to stay in touch, and plans if you lose contact.
An Evacuation Plan outlines the course of action that you and your family will take in case of an emergency within your home, such as a fire. Planning ahead for different ways to exit your home will allow more flexibility in responding to emergencies and will take some of the fear and panic out of that response. 

A Communications Plan details the contact information and who to call in case of an emergency. Not all emergencies will occur while the family is together. Preparing a communications plan prior to an emergency that provides a contact and contact information for a loved one outside of the potential disaster area, such as in another state, will help provide a neutral contact for everyone to be able to reach. This is important as local phone lines may be down and the only option will be to call someone outside of the local area. 

By this point, you have successfully laid the groundwork for Biblical Readiness. You have a:

  1. Commitment to Biblical Readiness
  2. Readiness Partner
  3. Personal Response Network
  4. Evacuation and Communications Plan
  5. Emergency Kits and Supplies
  6. Supplies for others 

Next, you will be guided through a process of planning for:

  1. Home Safety and Security
  2. Emergency Preparedness & Response 

Home Safety and Security

Home Safety and Security is the ability to protect your household members’ lives and property in an emergency. The Home Safety and Security plan includes:

  1. Controlling access points
  2. Building safety
  3. Intruder response
  4. Evacuation routes
  5. Lockdown steps
  6. Crisis communications

Emergency Preparedness and Response 

Emergency Preparedness and Response is the ability to preserve life and property during crisis and disaster while guiding survivors into programs of recovery and restoration. The programs may be ones offered by your church or other churches in your community. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan include: 

Emergency Preparedness 

  • Identifying Types of Crises and Disaster
  • Emergency Response Procedures (medical, natural or manmade disasters, accidents, etc.)
  • Household Member Responsibilities
  • Response Protocols (stay or go, help or not)
  • Checklist and Summaries

Emergency Response

  • Emergency PCS Response Procedures
  • Christian Emergency Directory 

As you plan, answer these questions:

  1. How do we keep our household safe and secure?
  2. How do we prepare the members of our household for an Emergency PCS 

Response?

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of-town contact. It may be easier to make a long- distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging (also known as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to various alert services. Visit www.christianemergencynetwork.org to sign up for CEN alerts. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management website. You can also sign up to receive emergency prayer alerts from CEN in partnership with National Day of Prayer and DHS Planning to Stay or Go

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is an immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio, or check the internet often for information or official instruction as it becomes available

Emergency Information

Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, get a telephone call, or emergency workers may go door-to-door. 

Emergency Plans 

You may want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare, and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. 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.