Condo Media - February 2013 - (Page 22)

HOMEOWNER’S CORNER 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- T 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 okay. • 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 22 CONDO MEDIA • FEBRUARY 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - February 2013

Condo Media - February 2013
Table of Contents
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Blanket Coverage
Vendor Spotlight
2013 CAI-NE Insurance & Restoration Directory
Classified Service Directory
Advertisers Index

Condo Media - February 2013