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Establish A Family Meeting Place

March 8, 2012 by  

Your family may be scattered to the four winds when an emergency strikes, and there’s a good possibility cellphones won’t work. It’s prudent to plan a meeting location to prepare for disaster.

Of course, the first and most logical choice for a meeting place is the home. But, depending on the nature of the disaster, it might not be feasible to meet there. Establish several alternate locations with clear instructions about which one is to be used depending upon circumstances.

Good choices for alternate locations include:

  • A church, school or prominent building in the community.
  • A significant landmark a little farther away.
  • The home of a relative within a day’s walk.

If you are forced to abandon your home and are unable to contact missing family members, leave a note indicating your destination. If you want to keep your destination secret from outsiders, establish a code word for your alternate locations.

If there are rescue or disaster relief agency workers in the area, leave information about your destination with them and let them know which family members you expect to show up. Finally, choose a person outside your local area as a contact person and make sure all family members know who that person is and how to contact him.

The key is to make a plan that covers all the scenarios you can think of and make sure all your family members are well-versed in the plan.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • John Maynard Keynes

    Excellent idea Bob. A person could set up a place to cache messages so you could leave instructions as to where a person went.

  • Dave

    Great suggestion Bob. I like the small 2 way radios with the rechargeable batteries. My son was given a pair for Christmas several years ago and we’ve used them on several occasions while camping. I plan to get 2 more so that all 3 of us will have one and we’ll have a spare for a trusted friend or family member whose house we plan to head toward.

    Predetermined codes are extremely important for written or radio communications. We keep ours on 3×5 index cards and change them out every time we use a set. The meanings are in ink and the code words are written in pencil so we don’t have to re-write the whole thing.

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