Hurricane PrepareAthon: Family Communications Plan

Communication with your loved ones is so important, especially during a disaster. What if something happens and you aren’t with them? How will you know if they are safe? Tuesday, day two of our Hurricane PrepareAthon focuses on Family Communication Plans and Emergency Contacts.

Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity could be disrupted. Planning in advance will help ensure that all the members of your household—including children and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers— know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency. Planning starts with these three easy steps from FEMA:

Collect: Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people/ offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers.

Share: Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet. If you complete your Family Emergency Communication Plan via the Chatham EMA App, you can export it to your emergency contacts. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.

Practice: Review and practice your plan with your family.

Remember, Text is Best! If you are using a mobile phone, a text message may get through when a phone call will not. This is because a text message requires far less bandwidth than a phone call. Text messages may also save and then send automatically as soon as capacity becomes available.

For more information about PrepareAthon and building a family communication plan, visit ready. gov.

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