Stay Connected: Quick Tips
- In addition to having contact information for people like your health care provider, it is important that people (e.g., your employer and your child’s teacher) know how to get in touch with you in the event, for example, of an emergency at work or your child’s school.
- Fully charge your cellphone and back-up power sources if you know a disaster, such as a hurricane, is coming.
- Have back-up charging and alternative power sources for your mobile phone. Invest in a car charger, backup batteries, and power banks.
- Limit your phone calls to only critical communications so you conserve battery life and keep the lines open for emergency communications.
- Download apps and join social networks and private social media groups specific to your neighborhood or community.
- Update your social media statuses and feeds with information about your location and well-being during an emergency.
- Record a voicemail greeting that includes information on your whereabouts and well-being.
- Know how to use all emergency alert and dialing features on your phone. Some brands of smartphone, for example, allow users to call the local emergency number without unlocking the device.
- Know how to conserve your cellphone battery by turning down the screen brightness, closing apps you are not using, turning on battery saver/low power mode, etc.