National Preparedness Month: Reconnect with Family after a Disaster

9/4/2014 10:28:51 AM

Severe weather can strike quickly, and your family might not be together when it happens. offers these tips for making a plan to reconnect with family after a disaster:

- Identify a friend or relative living out-of-state who family members can notify they are safe. Make sure to tell this person that you are listing them as your emergency contact.

- Make sure every family member knows the phone number of your emergency contact and has a way to contact them - a cell phone, prepaid phone card or coins. If you have a cell phone, you can program the emergency contact as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone.

- Make sure family members know how to use text messaging. It may be easier to communicate by text message during a disaster.

- Sign-up for alerts. Many communities have systems that will send text messages or emails about bad weather, road closures and other emergencies. Click on your state on this map to find local Office of Emergency Management website information.

More resources from to help you build a family communications plan:

Make a Plan: Download family communications planning documents for parents and kids, and find more information about creating school and workplace plans.

Get Tech Ready: Tips for using technology during a disaster.

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