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The people seen in this public service announcement may be actors, but the situation that they are portraying is very real. Emergency situations usually arise without warning, and families often find themselves separated and unable to communicate with one another.

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.

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Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids (PDF) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.

Have a plan for traveling between work and home, and other commonly visited locations, in case of an emergency. Download the Commuter Emergency Plan (PDF).

It is also important to find out what the emergency plan is at the places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, ready.gov suggests the people consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations 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.

For more information on emergency preparedness and making your emergency communication plan visit ready.gov/make-a-plan today.

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