Cell Phone and Social Media in Emergencies

Whether it’s an earthquake, a tornado, a tsunami, floods or any number of other disasters, one of the givens is that more than likely you’ll end up without power. It’s one thing to know that and be prepared with backup heat, ways to cook, etc… but there’s more to it than that.

According to the FEMA website, your cell phone and your laptop can become an important part of your emergency back up plan.

First of all, before any emergency or disaster strikes, start by texting PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to get texts from FEMA in the event of an emergency. Knowing if and when help is on the way is crucial. Knowing how to help as well.

Texts are a lot more likely to get through than phone calls. They also don’t tie up the lines as long or as much. Send a group text to let family and friends know you’re okay or what the situation is. Try to conserve battery power as much as possible and keep a spare battery on hand for back up power.

Here’s on that I realized a couple of years back when we were without power for almost a week:

If you have a traditional landline (non-broadband or VOIP) phone, keep at least one non-cordless receiver in your home because it will work even if you lose power.

For more tips on technology in case of emergency check out the FEMA “Get Tech Ready” page.