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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.
Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins is an author, mom, nurse and a community volunteer. She is the author of various articles about home and family life and has been featured in various parenting magazines and newspapers.
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