Disasters can occur at any time, so it’s important to know how you and your family members will contact each other afterwards.
Experts offer these tips:
- Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Keep the cards in a wallet or purse. Also, complete cards for children and put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.
- Choose a friend or out-of-state relative to serve as a contact for household members to notify during emergencies. An out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
- Make sure every member of your family knows your household contact’s phone number and has a cell phone, coins or a prepaid phone card to contact him or her.
- Program someone in your cell phone as an “ICE” (in case of emergency) contact. If you’re in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listing.
- Teach family members how to use text messaging, which can often get around network disruptions.
LiteBlue has a FEMA template to help you create your family’s emergency communications plan.