Emergency Planning: Don't Forget First Responders' Families

First responders always have to prepare for disasters. But what about first responders families.

Tuesday in Blair about 80 people from public safety agencies spent the day learning how to better prepare themselves, their employees and their families for natural or man made disasters.

It's called Critical Employee Emergency Planning.

If firefighters or police officers are busy working during a disaster, their families have to know what to do without them.

“If you have a police officer who is married to a nurse, who takes care of their kids?” says seminar leader, Daphne Levenson. “Who takes care of the elderly. We takes care of our military families when they're activated. But we don't take care of our responder families or people who have to stay on the job.”

The training also stressed the need to remember that during a disaster, first responders will perform their jobs better if they're not worrying about the safety of their own families.


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