First, I want to thank all of you who have been following these preparedness challenges. I’m amazed at what you’ve accomplished! Don’t worry if you can’t get it all done. I’m not getting it all done, but I keep preparedness fresh on my mind. This week we’re focusing on three goals in emergency communications. The first one will be easy for you; making sure your cell phone has text. Your second goal is to have a solar cell phone charger and your third goal is to put emergency apps on your phone.
Let’s start with that first goal.
1. Cell Phone with Text
Now don’t laugh. There are still people in our population who don’t text. After a major disaster, the ability to call with your cell phone will be very limited as many people will use the same circuit as you. It’s possible to communicate with text. Sometimes you can communicate through apps such as Twitter or Facebook. It really will depend on what’s available. So, if you want to communicate, make sure your phone can text.
In our February Week 1 challenge I suggested you have an emergency communication plan. Have an out-of-state contact who all family members can contact if they can’t contact you.
2. Have a Solar Cell Phone Charger
We’re extremely dependent on our cell phones, aren’t we? But there are times when the power goes out for extended periods of time. A solar cell phone charger is the answer. Recently in my ward some of us purchased the Max 2-in-1 from LuminAid. I like this charger because it’s collapsible, waterproof and provides light. There are many other options for you to choose from.
3. Add Cell Phone Emergency Apps
This is the easiest part of this week’s challenge. We live in an amazing technical era where first aid knowledge is at our fingertips. Whether it’s an everyday disaster or a major disaster, we need emergency answers quickly. So, add some apps to your phone.
FEMA for DISASTER HELP: “Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Learn emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and more. Locate open shelters in your area and find disaster recovery centers where you can talk to FEMA in person.”
American Red Cross has several apps like the ones listed below. Do you know first aid? Or what to do in an earthquake? Or how to help someone having an asthma attack? These apps will help you in an emergency.
|Red Cross Apps|
PulsePoint Respond: “Where adopted, PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide lifeâ€�saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. App users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.
If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert users in the vicinity of the need for CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these potential rescuers to the exact location of the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED).”
TIP A CRISES: “The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program â€“ right from your smartphone.” Perhaps your state has one available too.