Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
Department of Emergency Management
The only difference between adventure and disaster is preparedness.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Your Phone is Your Friend
Your wireless device (phone, iPad, Kindle Fire, whatever) is a great resource during an emergency. Maintain a list of phone numbers--police, fire, power companies, insurance providers, friends, family and co-workers. Make sure friends, family and your workplace have your cell-phone number and, if possible, forward your home phone to your cell-phone number if you have to be away from home or must evacuate.
Send brief text messages rather than voice calls. Often text messages will get through when wireless networks are overwhelmed during a crisis. Finally, limit non-emergency calls and texts to conserve battery power and free up wireless networks for vital communications.