Communicating with family and friends during an emergency is critical. Sometimes after a disaster, it may be easier to place a long distance call then to make a local call.

Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be your “family contact” and be sure that all your family members know who that person is and how to reach them.

  • Minimize any non-critical phone calls during or after an emergency to keep phone circuits free for life-threatening emergencies.
  • Your cell phone’s network may also be overloaded in a major emergency. If you are to able to, change your voicemail to let people know you are safe.
  • Make sure your cell phones are charged in case of a power outage. If you have a cordless phone at home, it will not work in a power outage. Usually land-line phones phones will work even if the power is out.
  • Keep change in your emergency go-kit for pay phones if you don't have a cell phone.
  • Also, be sure write down important phone numbers you may need and keep in a handy place (preferably your go kit) . You should do this well before you lose power or a serious storm arises.