Plan for how you will communicate with loved
ones after a disaster.
• Long-distance phone lines often work before
local phone lines. Identify an out-of-state contact and provide that person
with the contact information of people you want to keep informed of your
situation. Share this information with local family, friends and neighbors.
• Avoid making non-urgent phone calls after a
disaster. Even if phone lines are in good working order, increased phone
traffic may jam circuits.
• Don’t rely on your cell phone after a
disaster. Cell towers may have been damaged or destroyed during the
incident; even if a cell tower is not damaged, increased traffic on cell
phone networks can quickly overload wireless capacity.
• Cordless phones require electricity. Make
sure you have a backup phone that requires no electricity.
• Keep coins in your emergency supply kit. Pay phones are more likely to work before other phone
• After an earthquake, check all your
telephones to make sure they haven’t shaken off the hook.
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