The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and this Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) It provides the following guidance to the community to communicate transparently and securely during emergency operations and to maintain safety, security and the resilience of residents in times of crisis.
Prepare for emergencies
Traditional telephone service You may need to use a “coded” phone, but it may work in the event of a power failure. Many cordless home phones depend on power to function.
I know what kind of landline you have.
Is the phone service provided over a broadband connection such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or is it a traditional landline service that is typically fed through a copper telephone line? If you are unsure, please contact your service provider.
Broadband telephone service Without a battery or other backup power source, it will not work in the event of a power failure. If you have a battery, test it regularly to understand battery life, learn how to replace it, and consider having a spare battery that can be recharged before a storm hits. If you don’t have a battery or other backup power source, ask your supplier where to buy it.
If you don’t need to use the phone immediately after turning it off, you can remove the battery to prevent it from running down and reconnect it when you need to receive or make a call. When power is restored, reconnect the battery to recharge it.
Also, keep a spare battery, solar charger, and / or car charger handy.
In the event of a power failure, you may be able to connect to the internet using the secure WiFi if available nearby. You may be able to charge your phone wirelessly by connecting your device with a USB cable using a charged laptop or tablet, but this may drain your computer’s battery.
Consider a battery-powered portable radio or television to check emergency information in the event of a power failure. If necessary, make sure the battery is charged or new. You can also buy a solar powered or hand crank radio. It can also be used to charge cellphones, but you need to consult the instruction manual first.
Move to Ready.gov Create a family emergency contact plan.
Sign up to receive alerts and alerts from your municipality, school and / or work on your mobile or mobile device. These local alerts Wireless emergency alert You with your mobile phone Emergency alert system Alerts received on TV or radio.
Register at least one emergency contact with the name “In Case of Emergency” or “ICE” for all phones and mobile devices. This will help someone identify your emergency contact if necessary. Enter household and emergency contact details on the phones or mobile devices of all household members.
Create a group list of all cell phones and devices of people who need to communicate in an emergency or disaster.
Write down the phone numbers for emergency services, utilities, service providers, medical providers, veterinarians, insurance companies, and other services.
Make sure your household members and out-of-town contacts know how to send a text message if they have a cell phone or device.
download the FEMA app (available in English and Spanish) For disaster resources and to receive weather alerts, safety tips and reminders, you can rest assured that you’ll be prepared for the unexpected. The FEMA app provides a customizable emergency supplies checklist and shelter opening instructions. You can also set reminders to take important steps to prepare your home or family for a disaster, such as replacing the batteries in smoke detectors or implementing an escape plan. You can download the FEMA app from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
This minimizes network congestion and frees up “space” for emergency communications. If you need to make a call, keep the call brief and only give important information to emergency personnel and family members. Restricting calls also saves cell phone battery power.
If it’s not urgent, try texting from a cordless phone. Text messages to other wireless devices can be transmitted even if no call is made, but delivery may be delayed when the network is busy. (You can also text 911 at a specific location, so please check availability in advance.)
Consult your wireless device or manual for information on how to conserve battery power, such as dimming the display screen or disabling certain apps. If you’re having trouble accessing your wireless network and your phone is Wi-Fi enabled, consider connecting to a Wi-Fi service. If your local wireless network is damaged and you don’t see a signal on your phone, turn off your phone to avoid draining the battery when the phone searches for an available wireless signal. Please consider.
For traffic accidents and other incidents that are not life threatening, learn and use the numbers specified in your state.
Redialing a wireless call multiple times in rapid succession can increase network congestion and further limit the ability of all users to make calls. If you need to make a call, leave a space between the calls.
If you are forwarding calls to your landline, consider forwarding those calls to your wireless number when you evacuate. This allows you to continue to receive incoming calls on your home phone number.
For more information, such as downloadable videos and PSAs, please visit the FCC website.
Interested in disaster response and coordination? MACo’s summer meeting, “Elasticity.Reactive … ready, “Has a session on how to make the most of state / local partnerships to ensure a more effective bridge with FEMA, especially in the case of long-term incidents.
“”Building a Vertical Vision in Times of Crisis: Using Federal and State Emergency ResourcesHosted by MACo’s Emergency Managers Affiliate, will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.
For more information MACo summer meeting: