Family Emergency Communication Plan
Identify an out-of-town contact. Local phone service may be hard to get whereas long distance calls may be easier.
Make sure everyone has the phone number and a prepaid phone card. Program ICE (in case of emergency) number into your cell phone and those of your other family members.
Teach family members how to text message.
Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have email messaging and text alerts that are automated and send out information about road closings, bad weather and other local emergencies. Many schools have this automated service to alert parents that school is closed.
Each state is listed with information about how to contact your local emergency planners. will give you the name, address and phone numbers as well as common weather risks in each state.
For more information: http://www.ready.gov