60-second safety: Plan whom to contact and how

This safety series is designed to help you prepare your family for life’s emergencies — big and small — and keep you as safe and healthy as possible when Mother Nature or life throws the unexpected your way. Take the next minute to help make yourself and your family safer.

During disasters, phone lines can quickly become overwhelmed and local calls are nearly impossible to make. If you tried to call someone during the flood in June 2008 you may have experienced this. However, long-distance phone calls and text messages stand a much better chance of getting through because they use difference circuits.

To create a family emergency communications plan, designate someone outside the area as a central contact and make certain all family members know who to contact if they become separated.

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