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Tips for Conducting Drills
  • Plan your drills so they have value to your family. Look at your emergency plans based on what actually could happen. What would you do in the event of a loss of electrical power when computers were down and you lost phone communication? If you live in a high-crime area, it's worth having a security drill. Think about what you would do if a water main breaks. At minimum, plan for an earthquake drill, a fire drill and an evacuation drill.
  • Pay attention to the number of drills and the timing of them. List the drills that will benefit your family. Then pull out a calendar and schedule these drills over a 12 month period so that each drill is conducted at least once during the upcoming year.
  • Assign responsibility for emergency preparedness drills so they get done. Typically, one person will be your family’s “drill” sergeant and that person should execute the drills when they are calendared. That doesn't mean one person must do all the tasks, but he or she can delegate responsibilities.
  • If your neighborhood is organized, piggyback your family drills onto neighborhood drills.
  • Incorporate evaluation processes into each of your drills. Come up with recommendations on how to modify your family plans based on what you learn from the drill. If you execute your drills with an eye toward learning you will learn something.
  • Just do it.