In Case of Emergency ...
Reaching Others When Disasters Strike
he first thing many of us do during or immediately following a
natural disaster is to call family
and friends. Unfortunately, in the
minutes and hours after a disaster, over-
loaded cellphone networks can make it
difficult — if not impossible — to reach
others. While there is no guarantee, the
following tips can increase your chances
of getting through when it matters most.
• Even if you have a traditional landline,
keep a corded phone in your home. It
will work even if you lose power.
• Keep a list of emergency phone
numbers in your cellphone and near
your home phone.
• Prepare a family contact sheet with
at least one out-of-town person who
can serve as your family’s emergency
contact. Often it’s easier to make
long-distance rather than local calls
during an emergency.
• Have charged batteries and car
phone chargers for back-up power.
• Subscribe to text alert services from
local or state governments and
schools to receive emergency alerts.
• Use text messaging, email or social
networks such as Facebook, Twitter
and LinkedIn instead of making calls
on your cellphone. Texts and emails
are less likely to experience network
congestion. You can use social media
to let family and friends know you’re
• Keep phone calls brief to avoid tying
up voice networks.
• Conserve your cellphone battery by
reducing screen brightness and closing apps you are not using.
• Limit streaming videos, downloading music or playing video games on
cellphones after a disaster to help
emergency calls get through to 911.
• Call 911 only if you have a lifethreatening emergency. CM
CONDO MEDIA • FEBRUARY 2013
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - February 2013