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City of Grand Haven
Monday October 5th, 2009 :: 09:54 a.m. EDT

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FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN--YOUR FAMILY MAY NOT BE TOGETHER WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO PLAN IN ADVANCE.

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.

There is a Family Emergency Plan template for your use at the following web address:
http://www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/familyemergencyplan.pdf

Address/Location
City of Grand Haven
519 Washington Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 616-842-3210

Captain Rick Yonker
Department of Public Safety
ryonker@grandhaven.org
616-842-3460

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