11.1 Being Prepared
- Identify a possible facility for use as a Recovery Center. See
on Physical Facility.
- Prepare a "crash kit" which includes supplies needed for the first
24 hours of operation; maps, nametag system, forms, Organization
Chart, volunteer list, flyer materials, signs, and office supplies
(customize per your preference).
- Identify sources willing to provide computers, FAX machines,
and other required office equipment on a moments notice.
- Identify sources for obtaining appropriate maps for your area.
- Create a phone tree. List the names of volunteers willing to
fill key positions as well as general volunteers. Update regularly.
See Volunteer List.
- Create a FAX list. An up to date database of FAX numbers can
save precious time at the beginning of a search effort. Consider
having an on going volunteer process in place that maintains the
following FAX number lists:
- Local and regional merchants willing to post flyers received
- Local and regional law enforcement agencies.
- Local and regional media contacts.
- National child find organizations.
- Regional and national lists of gas stations, car rental agencies,
hotel chains, motel chains, public libraries, private schools, public
schools, and hospitals.
- Identify businesses willing to provide goods, equipment, and
supplies as needed. The Chamber of Commerce is a good starting point.
See Resource List.
- Align your effort with local law enforcement; solicit their advice.
- Familiarize yourself with regional media contacts. Build an appropriate
FAX list. Media can be a powerful ally. See Public Affairs.
- Identify any special assets that may be locally available, i.e.
dog teams, fire and rescue, disaster management, helicopters, ultralights,
etc. See Special Search Methods and Tasks.
- Recruit appropriate legal counsel willing to be of assistance.
Preparedness can include informal classroom sessions that familiarize
potential community volunteers with the mechanics of running a Recovery
- Conduct training classes, which portray a missing child scenario.
- Using this guide, divide responsibilities based on the Organizational
Organization Chart). Appropriate nametags and forms should be used during
- Go through the motions of running a Recovery Center. In this
simulation, the class will be representative of a community effort.
A child is missing; this is your community - who does what?
- As questions arise during the simulation, seek answers in this
Manual and other sources. All situations are unique; you may have
to create your own solutions for problems not specifically covered.
Please provide feedback to the LRC Team (Section
- Assemble a mock-up flyer and plan for distribution. See Section