Preparing for an emergency

  1. Understand How Power Outages May Affect Your Landline Service  expand and contract
  2. Charge Your Wireless Phone, Laptop, or Tablet if a Storm Is Coming  expand and contract
  3. Be Prepared to Monitor News and Emergency Broadcasts During Power Outages  expand and contract
  4. Create a Family Emergency Communication Plan  expand and contract
  5. Sign Up to Receive Alerts and Warnings  expand and contract
  6. Create an "In Case of Emergency" Contact on Your Wireless Phone  expand and contract
  7. Inform Your Emergency Contact of Medical Issues  expand and contract
  8. Create an Emergency Contacts List on Mobile Phones and Devices  expand and contract
  9. Write Down Important Phone Numbers  expand and contract
  10. Make Sure Family and Other Contacts Know How to Send Mobile Texts  expand and contract
  11. Download the FEMA App  expand and contract

During an emergency

  1. Limit Non-Emergency Phone Calls  expand and contract
  2. Try Texting in Non-Emergency Situations  expand and contract
  3. Adjust Your Wireless Phone to Conserve Battery Power  expand and contract
  4. Call 911 Only for Emergencies  expand and contract
  5. Wait 10 Seconds Before Redialing Calls that Don't Connect  expand and contract
  6. If Evacuated, Forward Your Home Number to Your Wireless Phone  expand and contract

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.

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Date Last Updated/Reviewed: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018