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The FCC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offer the following tips for communicating during an emergency, including how to prepare for a power outage. FCC video and downloadable public service announcements are also available.
Preparing for an emergency
- Understand How Power Outages May Affect Your Landline Service
- Charge Your Wireless Phone, Laptop, or Tablet if a Storm Is Coming
- Be Prepared to Monitor News and Emergency Broadcasts During Power Outages
- Create a Family Emergency Communication Plan
- Sign Up to Receive Alerts and Warnings
- Create an "In Case of Emergency" Contact on Your Wireless Phone
- Inform Your Emergency Contact of Medical Issues
- Create an Emergency Contacts List on Mobile Phones and Devices
- Write Down Important Phone Numbers
- Make Sure Family and Other Contacts Know How to Send Mobile Texts
- Download the FEMA App
During an emergency
Important Safety Reminder
If you do not have electric power in your home and are using your car to charge wireless phones or listen to news on the car radio, be careful. Don't try to reach your car if it is not safe to do so, and remain vigilant about carbon monoxide emissions from your car, especially if it is in a closed space.
Planning for an Emergency
Additional Online Resources