Have the ability to communicate with family members during a disaster.
Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, internet, and email, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home, cordless phones, internet, and email will not work either.
- Have a phone with a cord and a car charger for your cell phone standing by in case of a power failure. Phones with cordless handsets won’t work in a disaster because they need more electricity than they can get from the phone jack.
- Develop a plan for how your family will stay in touch during a disaster. Develop a plan so you can stay in touch with your family in a disaster.
- Program In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers into all family cell phones. If you are hurt and can’t talk, first responders and hospital staff may not know how to contact your family right away. If you have a cell phone, you can provide the phone numbers for your emergency contacts to first responders and hospital staff.