Our preparedness challenge for February week for focuses on three goals in emergency communications. The first one will be easy for you; make sure your cell phone can text. Your second goal is to get a solar cell phone charger or another type, and your third goal is to put emergency apps on your phone. If you’ve been working on these preparedness challenges, I’m happy at what you’ve accomplished! Don’t worry if you can’t get them all completed. I’m not getting them all done, but they do help me keep preparedness fresh on my mind.
1. Get a Cell Phone with Text
- After a major disaster, the ability to call with your cell phone is limited.
- However, you may be able to text, or communicate with Twitter or Facebook.
- If you want to communicate with family and neighbors, buy a cell phone with text.
- In our February Week 1 challenge I suggested you have an out-of-state emergency contact who all family members will contact if they can’t contact each other in state.
2. Get a Solar Cell Phone Charger
- Get a solar cell phone charger in case of an extended power outage.
- A few years ago, several members of my church congregation purchased the Max 2-in-1 from LuminAid for a group discount of $28 versus the regular price of $50.
- This collapsible cell phone charger because it’s waterproof and provides a nice, bright light.
- LuminAid does have periodic website sales. You can also purchase from Amazon or REI.
3. Add Cell Phone Emergency Apps
- Whether it’s an everyday disaster or a major disaster, we need emergency answers quickly, so add emergency apps to your phone.
- I keep these apps in a folder on my cell phone. And who couldn’t be without a picture of the Savior during a crises?
“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.”
There are 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.
“Where adopted, PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide lifesaving 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).”
“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 right from your smartphone.” Perhaps your state has one available too.
I enjoyed putting this post together for you. I hope you found something useful.