Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Be #OKready to use your cellphone #AltusOK #Prepared2014

The internet and social media are the third most popular way for Americans to gather and share emergency information with loved ones. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with family and friends. Here are some ways to incorporate technology into your emergency plans:
  • Learn how to send text updates from your mobile phone to your contacts in case voice communications are not available;
  • Program “In Case of Emergency” contacts into your cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people for you if you are unable to use your phone;
  • Purchase a solar powered or hand crank charger to keep your electronics running if you lose power at home; and
  • If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use during or after a disaster.
FEMA offers several ways to be tech savvy for disaster preparedness. The FEMA smartphone app contains an interactive emergency kit list, emergency meeting location info and more to help you get started. It’s available for Apple, Blackberry and Android devices.  Increase your technological know-how by joining the text message program to receive regular safety tips for specific hazards and to search for open shelters and disaster recovery centers.

Thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for this information.

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