Using Technology during an Emergency

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We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues.

But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping us get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on using technology in an emergency:

  • Use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media.
  • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information.
  • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion.
  • Cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
  • Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit.
  • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels.
  • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
  • Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!

For more information on preparing for an emergency, visit Get Prepared