In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency our usual ways and means of communication may become difficult or impossible to use, and yet it can be crucial to send and receive information. This month’s goals are to:
- Assemble an emergency contact list and provide each household member with a copy. During a local emergency, phone lines may be congested to the point that making a call across town will be difficult, but it is often possible to place a long-distance call. If family members are separated and unable to reach eachother, they should call an agreed upon out-of-state contact person who is willing to relay messages as needed. Page 2 of the pdf below has cards that can be filled out and carried by family members at all times.
- Add one item to your emergency communications equipment or learn to text. This can be a hand-cranked am/fm radio or cell phone charger, a corded landline phone, walkie-talkies, CB radios, a weather radio or even a whistle! Make sure that you test and learn to use your new equipment, so that you won’t be struggling with it in an emergency. Alternatively, spend a little time learning to send and receive text messages. These will often go through when calls will not and will wait in queue until they can be sent.