Choose an out-of-area contact for all members of the family to call in case of disaster. The selected contact person should live far enough away that they would be unaffected by the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact. Remember that during a disaster, it may be easier to make a long distance phone call than to call across town.

Having predetermined meeting places will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or if the area is evacuated.

Choose two meeting places —
 
Right outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire.
Outside your neighborhood or town, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate your neighborhood or town.