Using Technology to Protect Your Family
Digital and mobile technology drastically expands human interaction and enables people to receive critical information when they need it, where they need it and how they need it. According to The American Red Cross, the internet- including online new sites and social media platforms- is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.
Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from emergency situations. By using effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate and manage financial affairs. These devices are as much a part of life today as important inventions of the past like the automobile and television.
- Keep all your contacts updated using multiple channels, including email, phone and social media. Consider creating a “group” for all emergency contacts.
- Send updates via text and internet from mobile phone in case voice communications are not available.
- Program “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) contacts into your cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people for you in you are unable to use your phone.
- Conserve your cell battery by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power, unless you need to use the phone. Also immediately following a disaster, resist using your mobile device to watch streaming videos, download music, or play video games, all of which can add to network congestion. Limiting usage of these services can also help potentially life-saving emergency calls get through to 9-1-1.
- Signup to receive a monthly preparedness tip from FEMA’s text messages programs. (http://www.fema.gov/commercial-mobile-alert-system).
- Bookmark important sites on your mobile phone, including your local emergency management agency, National Weather Service.
- Use mobile apps to stay informed and receive information quickly. For example, The American Heart Association provides a First Aid and CPR Smartphone App to provide quick, concise and clear first aid and CPR instructions in the event of an emergency, FEMA App provides access to disaster preparedness tips and shelter options, The American Red Cross offers several apps ranging from first aid to natural disasters.
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