Most Read: Lifestyle

Trove link goes here

Live Online Discussions

There are no discussions scheduled today.

Weekly schedule, past shows

On Parenting
Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 08/23/2011

The DC earthquake: Time for a family disaster plan

Where were you? Where were your kids? How quickly could you assess their safety?
Workers make their way down 15th Street at in Northwest after a mild earthquake evacuates office buildings . (Bill O'Leary - The Washington Post)

This afternoon’s 5.8 earthquake shook much of the region and, along with it, many parents’ sense of security.

Cell-phone communication and Web sites offering information quickly overloaded. Texting and e-mail seemed to be the best form of asking “You safe?” Or, in the case of DC public schools, “Students are safe.”

We all know our family should have a plan for the unexpected. But come now, who would have thought the disaster would come in the form of an earthquake?

Well, I guess that’s the point of a disaster plan: It exists to implement when the world stops making sense. Here’s a link to a previous post on guidance for setting up a plan and tips for family preparedness.

Do you have a plan? Will you set one up now? How did you assess your kids safety? Share your plan with us.

MORE ON THE EARTHQUAKE:

What a seismologist had to say

See the video: Reaction, damage

Nationals Park is evacuated

Capital Weather Gang: Updates from the ground

Photos from around the region

Strongest quake in Va. since 1897

Bars create earthquake happy hour specials

Share your photos of the quake

Ezra Klein: The best earthquake tweets

By  |  03:02 PM ET, 08/23/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company