It’s virtually impossible for us to predict natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods; however, it is well within our power to fully prepare our families to survive and cope with everything as well as possible. When you learn about the different types of options regarding Emergency Communication that are available both during and after a disaster, you will become more confident in protecting those that you love.
Emergency Communication: Tips for Survival Preppers
Consider establishing some sort of a meeting place where everyone can gather in the event of an emergency, such as a local church or school. If you find that it isn’t possible to gather together, it’s still important that some kind of vital message center is established.
In disaster prepping or home prepping, perhaps one of the most important keys to both sending and receiving information to members of your family who may be in different locations during any kind of a disaster is a contact who lives out-of-state.
Generally, this is a relative or a friend whom you designate to handle messages in the event that you are unable to contact or locate your family members.
During some disasters, most private telephone lines are typically out of order for a number of hours; however, payphones are usually available sooner.
The person you designate as your out-of-state contact will be able to receive and relay different messages from members of your family in order to let you know that they are safe.
Everyone in your family should carry a card that contains the following information regarding the out-of-state contact on it:
*Day and evening phone numbers
In keeping with this topic, you should also consider having everyone carry a separate laminated card with them that contains the following information:
*Primary emergency meeting place (other than your home), complete with address
*Alternate emergency meeting place (other than your home and neighborhood), complete with address
*Name and phone numbers of the emergency out-of-state contact
Additionally, you should also inform your children’s teachers know information regarding the out-of-state contact as well in the event that you are unable to pick them up, in which case the school will know who to inform regarding where the children will be taken.
Each member of your family should also carry either enough change to make several telephone calls or some form of phone card.
Emergency Communication: Survival Prepper Options
Another useful tip is to determine whether or not there is a ham radio operator in your general area, as these are able to deliver messages from sources both public and private during and after any kind of disaster.
This is a great way to communicate with your out-of-state contact if you find that payphones are not immediately available, as well as if your contact lives several states away.
Your local ham radio operator can contact another operator, and the process will continue until one is reached in your contact’s area. The operator who lives the closest to your contact will then be able to telephone them and deliver any necessary messages to them.
One useful way to monitor the status of an ongoing disaster is through the use of a radio that is either battery-powered or hand crank. Speaking of batteries, it’s extremely essential that you always keep a fresh supply of these on hand no matter what.
Always check the expiration dates on them and be sure to regularly rotate them. Batteries should never be kept inside a radio, as this can lead to them not only expiring more quickly, but it can also lead to them leaking as well.
In terms of cell phones, all of them are able to contact 911 emergency services when they are charged. This is especially the case even when the phone itself may not be in service. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to have a cell phone of some kind handy whenever you are traveling, even if it is not activated.
All in all, ensuring that you and your family are fully prepared to communicate with one another in the event of a disaster is extremely important. Regardless of the method you use, making sure that you family is safe during a time of crisis is always a top priority.
By following the aforementioned outlined tips, you will no doubt be successful in establishing a plan which will do just that. For more ideas on home prepping, read my extensive article here.