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*NEW* Updated 5/20/2012

Interactive personal emcomm plan template

Updated, interactive personal emcomm template – enjoy!

I just added a Microsoft Word document for your use. It has interactive dropdowns and you can edit it directly on your computer. If you’ve been itching to make a pretty, typed-up plan, now you can! You can download it here: Updated template – Word format (.docx format – requires Microsoft Word 2007 or newer). Please let me know what you think of it!

The PDF version is still available below.


I used this emergency communications plan template in my “Emergency Radio Communications Made Easy” presentation at the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (www.PIEPC.org) in April 2012, and at EMCOMM West in May 2012. Now you can use it too, for free.  Enjoy!

It covers basic questions you’ll need to answer, and gives you a framework for creating your own, realistic emcomm plan. My book, Personal Emergency Preparedness, covers the questions as well as many equipment recommendations in detail.

Here is your template (PDF format). Please let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement. One I’m already planning to implement: a tiny, wallet-sized folding plan template, so you can always have your plan handy.  Thanks for the idea (you know who you are :-))!





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  • Todd Gansel June 12, 2012, 2:35 am

    Interesting plan outline. I do not think many actually right down their plan. I am one who has never really written a emergency plan for myself or my family. We have discussed these things as a family and I have always preached preparedness to my kids as well. I hope they keep it in mind since they are all out of the house. Having just returned home from a wildland fire here in Montana, I am good at thinking on my feet. I am the COML for our team and take care of the comm plan programing radios puttining up the portable repeater and taking care of phones internet and networking and other logistical needs when needed. This last fire we had no cell service and put camp up on a chunk of state land purposefully within about 300 ft within a phone pedestal so we could get phone and internet to the team to take care of logistic issues and taking care of 100 + firefighters. You learn alot on the fly.

    Todd AE7V
    ARRL SEC MT Section

    • abaze June 12, 2012, 5:05 am

      Hi Todd,

      I think you’re right – not many write down their plans. And even for people who can think on their feet like you are doing (sounds like you have some great stories!), it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Glad you found the plan interesting. Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can help with.

      -Andrew AB8L

  • BRYON CLEMONS October 9, 2012, 11:04 pm


  • Mike January 17, 2013, 9:07 pm

    You are correct. While some people may have a written plan, many people have not yet thought about one. Now is the time to get the ball rolling, and do it.

  • Steve bluff November 26, 2014, 9:18 am

    Hi, I am in the process of writing down what is currently mainly in my head as a family preparedness plan. I travel quite a bit and want the comfort that my family will have something to work to if I am away and they need to react. We are in a flood prone area and have historically lost power and water. 73 steve M6BPP

  • Dan February 1, 2015, 12:35 am

    The PDF template is very strange…! I’m using a MacBookPro. Is it compatible?


    • abaze March 15, 2015, 10:42 pm

      Hi Don, I don’t have a Mac and haven’t tried it – sorry.

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