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Identify a meeting place

Before an emergency it's important to agree on a location that everyone can meet at should you not be able to get home or if there is a communications disruption.

Get it done in a couple of taps with Facebook Messenger

In an emergency most people have two concerns: their own safety and the safety of those they care about. Being separated from friends and loved ones is one of the most stressful things a person can go through in an emergency. And it’s easily avoidable with a bit of forward planning.  

Emergencies often occur during the day when people are at work or school. In most instances, meeting at home is the safest option. But if, for whatever reason, you can’t access your home or your home poses a greater safety risk, what should you do? Where should you meet?

It is important here to have a backup emergency meeting spot outside your neighbourhood in case you can’t go home. This place will often be another home (that of your friends or relatives, for example). It could, however, just as easily be a park, a school, or a public building with which your family is familiar. 

Get it done with a couple of taps in Facebook Messenger

In Australia, Facebook Messenger is the most popular instant messaging app. We use it every day to connect with our friends and family - for sharing photos, gifs and videos, making plans and sharing audio and video calls.

It's a powerful app. And we recommend you use it to decide on your emergency meeting places with your loved ones. Here's how.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Install Facebook Messenger on your phone if you haven't already
  2. Start a chat with your loved ones
  3. To share a specific location, tap the button above the keyboard and tap on the button labelled Location
  4. You can either share your current location for a set period of time, or search for a specific location for others in your chat to see

Want to do more to prepare? Download the Get Prepared app

Get Prepared is an app that helps you connect with your key support people, accomplish simple tasks to make you and your loved ones safer, and protect the things that matter most to you.