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Family Communications

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes or may get separated during the disaster, so plan how you will contact one another.  Complete a contact card for each family member with important telephone numbers. Have each family member keep a copy of this information at home, work, school, and in their cars.

Establish an “out-of-state” contact for family members to check in with if they can’t reach each other locally. It is often easier to call outside the area of a disaster than locally.


Keep copies of records in a waterproof, fireproof container. Important items to keep copies of are:

  • Driver's license, passport, social security card, immunization, and proof of address
  • Important records such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates
  • Bank and credit card account numbers and records
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Pet vaccination and veterinarian records

Vehicle Preparation

From fuel handling tips to who to call for potential price gouging, Shell and Motiva want to make sure you have the information you need before you evacuate.