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Does your family have an an emergency communication plan?

Here are some tips to keep in touch and out of danger during storm season:

  • Keep phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.  Simple zip-lock storage bags will shield devices, and today there are many waterproof phones, cases and other protective accessories.
  • Keep phone and tablet batteries fully charged in case local power is lost well before warnings are issued.
  • Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power. Numerous chargers, including solar-powered devices, make it easy to stay powered up.
  • Maintain a list of emergency numbers police and fire agencies; power and insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; etc. and program them into your wireless devices before an emergency arises.
  • Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  • Use a backup service, to save your contacts and other important information on a secure server in case your phone or tablet is lost or damaged.
  • Use your tablet to conveniently photograph and catalogue your valuables and other household belongings for possible insurance claims.
  • Access dozens of free weather-, news- and safety-related services for smartphones and tablets. 

 

Once a storm is on the way:

  • Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations.
  • Send brief text messages rather than voice calls.
  • Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate.
  • Check weather and news reports on wireless phone applications when power is out.

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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