Creating a family emergency plan

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler shares tips for families on how to create a great emergency preparedness plan
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Creating a family emergency plan

The most important thing about the family emergency plan is to absolutely have one, because if something was to happen, rather than going into panic mode, you would go into action modem because you will have a plan and you know exactly what to do. And as far as creating the plan goes, there is a couple of different things that you need in order to create your plan. So, for example, what if an emergency happened at home, what would you do? What if it was during the day and your kids were at school – if you have children – and your husband, for example, was working, how do you get everybody together? How do you get the family together? And then the third one might be if you guys were out at the movies on a Saturday night and your kids were home with a baby sitter – how would you handle that? What would you do? And I have two tips about making an emergency plan. One of them is to absolutely keep it simple – you don’t want too many details. And then the second one is once you make your plan, stick with your plan. Don’t change it midstream, because when you sat down and made your plan, you were of sound mind and body and it made sense at the time. If you think that something is going to take 20 minutes to get to and it still takes 2 hours, still do that, because the other person on the other side – your husband, wife, whatever, they’re still going to think that you’re going to that place. So you want to also keep the plan as you originally made it.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler shares tips for families on how to create a great emergency preparedness plan


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Cari Butler

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Cari Butler is a Westside Los Angeles mom and native Californian whose interest in Emergency Preparedness began when her daughter started school and was required to have a personal emergency kit. That raised the question: "Why shouldn't everyone have an emergency kit?" Her concern led her to thoroughly research the subject and then create her own business. She now provides consultation services for families and businesses, as well as offering the Emergency Café line of kits.

Cari’s mission is to get everyone prepared, and she has been on that mission since 2005.  She has been a guest speaker at several conferences and schools. She was asked to participate in the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference in San Francisco. Her client list is a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.  

Cari’s website, was just awarded the 2009 Best Safety Site by Nickelodeon Parent Choice Awards.  Emergency Café backpacks were the “IT” gift this season in the Dancing with the Stars television show gifting suite.  She is also a contributing writer and blogger on many mommy sites including Hot Moms Club, Gurumommy, Twittermoms, City Mommy and Mommy Track’d. In addition she has been featured on several TV shows and has done numerous radio spots as well.  

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