Posted by: mobilitycloud | July 8, 2012

Are you “Communications Ready” for a disaster?

The weekend is a GREAT time to follow these hints to make sure that when the next Tropical Storm Debbie or Meltdown/Heatwave hits, you can still communicate with your friends, family and co-workers!

Business Continuity Planning & Emergency Management

One of my favorite emergency blogs entitled idisaster2.0 recently asked the question, “are you cell phone ready for an emergency?”  What a great question! They gave a list of great suggestions that they pulled from the Fairfax Virginia county EOC after the recent derecho storm that blasted the Mid-Atlantic states.  I have taken the liberty of adding on to their list.

  1. Use all alternatives to voice calls.
    1. Tell your friends & family you are OK via text, email, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
    2. Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available.
    3. Avoid calling by phone.
  2. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. Remember that you cannot currently text 9-1-1.
    1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1.
  3. Save all important phone numbers to your phone. Be sure to include local emergency numbers such…

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