5 Steps to Create Your Family’s Escape Plan

Written by The Ready Store

Having a fire in your home can be a very scary thing to cope with. However, it’s a lot scarier when you don’t know what to do. By creating an evacuation plan, you can help your family know exactly what to do and where to go in case of a fire or other emergency.

Here are a few pointers on how to create an evacuation plan for your family:

Floorplanner 3D designMake a map of your home
The first thing you’ll want to do is make a map of your home. You can do this my measuring the walls, hallways, etc. You’ll want to include windows on this map.

You can use a ruler and pencil for this. I’ve also found that using graph paper is helpful to keep everything to its correct proportions. Some people have even used computer programs like Photoshop or floorplanner.com

Label exits
You’ll want to label the map with all the door and window exits. This will help you determine primary and alternative exists when creating an evacuation plan.

Label other essentials
Also take this opportunity to label where things like fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, 72-hour kits and more, are located in your home.

Determine a meeting location
Now that you have your map prepared; determine where you and your family will meet outside of the home. This location should be far enough away from the home in case it is on fire.

Practice the plan
Now comes the fun part! Have a family activity where you can practice your evacuation plans. Make the situations unique to each child.

Start by showing your child where they are located on the map. Explain that if a fire is in a certain area, they might need to take a different route out of the home. After you’ve explained the situation, practice the plan!

You can also take this opportunity to teach your children how to check doors to test if there is a fire on the other side, how to climb emergency ladders and other safety practices.

Here is a fun video from La Capitale – an insurance company based in Quebec – that shows some basic tips for family evacuation plans.

Updated March 13, 2012

4 Comments

  1. Diane Wanderscheid wrote:

    We are first time preppers & really have no idea where to start is there anyway you can give us an idea of the foods to start with & bunkers & other necessities to start a plan? Thank you! Diane Wanderscheid

    March 19th, 2012 at 9:13 am
  2. admin wrote:

    Hey Diane,
    Congrats on starting to prep! Where you start might depend on a few factors. For example, what commodities do you need and already have? If you live in a desert climate, you might want to focus on getting a lot of water storage. With regards to food storage, you’ll need to decide whether you want to cook your own food or you want just-add-water meals. And depending on your budget, you might consider purchasing 3-, 6- or 12-month food storage kits.

    March 19th, 2012 at 10:30 am
  3. Charles wrote:

    Hi Diane,
    Congrats on becoming an ant and leaving the ranks of the grasshopper. Here are a few suggestions to someone who started about two years ago. Don’t become obsessed or dazled by all that is out there. Prepping should be a lifestyle, not a hobby on steroids. Don’t forget to enjoy life and family and keep faith at the top of your list if it is part of your life. Wake up tomorrow and start making a list of every thing you use each day that you dont provide your self. For example, you don’t need to get a new bed and pillow each night, but you do get water from somewhere else unless you have a well with back up for no power. If you use a toilet to convey wastes away, a few 5 gallon buckets, some leak proof bags and a modified toilet seat will be a blessing, along with toilet paper. When you use toothpaste and a tooth brush, mark it down. Any medications? Include those. Every thing including electricity and food, water and waste. Then follow the very good advice given above. Start out with a small measure of time and get ready to meet those needs when the normal supply system is broken. Other areas to explore are self/home defense, evacuation versus staying in place, family members who may currently be grasshoppers who will come calling when they are hungry, thirsty, cold, and wet. You and your family will need to consider alot of things as you start.

    Don’t get discouraged. I know a prepper who has been actively prepping for 10 years. He still feels like he is not completely ready. The last piece of help I’d like to offer is to recognize the larger reason this country is in the mess it is in. Our culture is saturated in the idea that we deserve to be provided for. Because of this self centered outlook on life, many people can not bring them selves to believe that something bad could happen. Prepping often takes some hard work to put that extra aside. It is easier to have fun and hope tomorrow wont be the day we dont want. There has to be a balance with being prepared and finding enjoyment in life with family and friends. Our great grandparents did it just fine. We are just waking up from a long slumber and realizing that we have forgotten the lessons they taught us. It is sometimes difficult to get the whole family on board. So read, learn, use good judgement and discernment, and don’t get hooked on impulse buying of stuff. I have bought some things on this site, some on their compeditors (sorry guys :) ) and on some sites I just get ideas and then come back here. If the admin on this site would share my email with you I would be ok with that and I would be happy to share more about what I’ve learned and pick up any good ideas you may also have.

    Good luck and God bless,
    Charles

    March 19th, 2012 at 11:51 am
  4. robert rudisill wrote:

    Diane,

    While many people have different perspectives on what you should do first, Remember: Food Water Fire Shelter Weapons. Concentrate on those areas first. If you have to bug out in an emergency to a planned location or an unplanned site, the first thing that will be gone will be electricity. Plan on not having it and getting back to the basics. If you have Water,shelter,fire, weapons and food, you and your family will survive. Get the book: BugOut by Scott Williams, it’s available in nook and kindle forms.
    Good basic resource to start your planning with.

    Good luck and God Bless,

    Robert

    March 21st, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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