|GOAL FOR JULY: Have the ability to communicate with |
family members during a disaster.
It's time to think about Your Family's Communication Plan
Read my post from 9/11/14 about Family Communication Plans - Do 1 Thing amplifies my advice with some excellent tips below.
July's Do 1 Thing task is Family Communication Plans - know how to keep in touch with family and friends during an emergency.
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.
Below is a list of things that you can do to achieve your goal this month.
Choose at least one, and complete it!
- Have a phone with a cord and a car charger for your cell phone standing by in case of a power failure.
- Develop a plan for how your family will stay in touch during a disaster.
- Program In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers into all family cell phones.
Learn more: The “Family Communication Plan” fact sheet has more information about being aware of and preparing for your family’s unique needs. (This fact sheet is available in additional languages and formats here.)
Visit this month’s Do 1 Thing topic page for fact sheets, videos and additional resources on family preparation.
Do 1 Thing is a web-based, twelve-month preparedness program that focuses on a different area of emergency preparedness each month. Remember: emergency preparedness doesn’t have to be hard or expensive.
It’s as easy as:
- Click on this month’s topic
- Select one of the easy “Tasks”
- Do that one thing!
Please see my January 2015 post about the entire Do 1 Thing program for additional information.
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