Recent disasters can strike anytime and at any place. Our heart breaks for the tsunami victims in Japan. Use these tips below to prepare you and your family.
- Text messaging will still work even if cellular networks fail. So, if you can’t make a cell phone call, text everyone to make sure they’re safe.
- If you can get to an online network, use Facebook and Twitter for family members to check-in there. Think about creating a family page just in case.
- Two-way radios work in any situation and they only cost about $60. The radios have dozens of channels for families to communicate over. Buy them before-hand and store in your emergency kit.
- Buy a radio that’s powered via a wall outlet, batteries or an included solar panel. Along those same lines, buy phones that jack directly into the wall. They cost about $10. These phones don’t need a base or charger. They will work if the electricity goes out.
- Also download apps like GroupMe and Emergency Distress Beacon. GroupMe is a free app that lets up to 25 pople text, talk and share locations. The Emergency Distress Beacon send out your GPS coordinates via email or text message.