First responders working during and after a major disaster do their jobs better when they know their families are safe and secure, yet many first responder families have not prepared for disasters.
This issue plays a part in continuity of operations and can lead to a lowered response capacity. If multiple staff members are checking on older family members or managing a last-minute evacuation from the family home, this limits departmental operations, capabilities, and affects job performance during a time of emergency.
Ultimately, it may lead to community relations concerns if people feel your agency or personnel are unreliable in an emergency. It is important for departments to discuss personal and family disaster preparedness with their staffs.
Steps toward a more resilient first responder family are the same steps everyone should take. From Ready.gov’s Ready Responders section: