Communications Plan for Family and Friends
Staying in contact with family and friends is critical during an emergency. Not all ways of communicating will work after a disaster or emergency, so it is imperative to have a plan of how you will communicate.
- Designate a single family contact outside your area – be sure family, friends and/or roommates know who this contact is and how to reach them.
- Notify family or friends if you are affected by an emergency so they know where you are – if you can’t reach them, notify your family contact person.
- Do not call 911 or BC Police unless you need immediate assistance (Police, Fire, Ambulance) – check the BC Emergency website or call the BC Emergency information Line at 888-BOS-COLL (888-267-2655) for official information.
During major emergencies, family members from across the country can obtain updated information by calling 1-888-BOS-COLL (267-2655) or visiting the BC Emergency website at www.bc.edu/emergency
Remember to check in at home to let your family know you're safe, regularly and especially in an emergency situation. They may have heard about it on the news and be worried about you.
In a very large disaster in the U.S.; if you cannot reach family members, consider using a system such as the American Red Cross Safe and Well List to search for missing family members/friends. For international disasters use this link.
Consider adding the entry ICE ("in case of emergency") to your cell's phonebook with the number of the person to be contacted in the event of an emergency.
Find out more about developing a Family Emergency Plan here.