In the event of a severe storm, other weather phenomenon or disaster, then you’ll want to be able to tell people that you need help, or that you’re OK. That’s why communication during a storm is so important.
Here’s what you’ll need to think about.
1. No internet
If there is no power, then you won’t have wi-fi internet connectivity at home. You won’t be able to email family or friends, update your social media status, see the latest weather report or get the contact details for your insurance company.
2. No cellphone
If you use your cellphone for all your communication, and don’t have cellphone coverage or a wi-fi connection because of the storm, you won’t be able to use your phone to contact people or for finding out information.
Even if you do have coverage, without power you won’t be able to charge your phone, unless you have an external battery for it.
3. No TV
No power means no TV, and so you won’t be able to get weather forecasts, news or other local and national information.
If you have a battery powered radio as part of your Home Emergency Plan or Home Emergency Kit, then you’ll be able to get the latest news, updates and weather forecasts, so you’ll know what to expect.
Remember to keep spare batteries close at hand too.
5. Others affected
Remember that if you are affected, then others nearby may also be affected. Perhaps you’ll be able to tell your neighbors the latest updates as you’ve been listening to your radio.
Maybe they won’t have been as badly affected and can keep you updated instead.
6. Tune into warnings
Radio stations are likely to have additional news bulletins, weather forecasts and updates so that people can find out what’s going on.
You’ll want to make sure that you know the frequencies of your local radio stations in case you need to change from the station you normally listen to.
In the dark you might want to communicate with your neighbors using a flashlight.
Talk to them in advance and establish a sequence and time, so that you can let each other know you’re OK, or if you / they need help.
As well as your immediate neighbors, ensure that those a bit further away are kept in the communication loop, especially if there are elderly, infirm of parents of young children living nearby.
9. ‘Can cope’ attitude
Maintaining a ‘can cope’ attitude will keep you all positive, even if’s been several days since you last had power or talked to somebody that wasn’t your immediate family.
Staying calm, especially regarding the storm damage and other issues you can’t do anything about will keep you focused on what you can do.
10. Make the most of it
Nobody will enjoy the experience, but trying to make the most of it, will help the time go faster, and for you all to remain calm and patient with each other.
Perhaps you won’t have spent this much time with your children in years. Maybe you got to learn more about your neighbors and their lives, or that it was you that took charge of a tricky situation.
By being prepared, knowing what to do, and helping others, you’ll be able to make the most out of any situation that affects you family, your home, and your neighbors.
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