The ready.gov site suggests completing a contact card for each member of the family to keep handy in wallets, purses or backpacks. Each family member should also have a cell phone, coins or a prepaid phone card for emergency calls.
All families should identify a contact who lives outside of the state or immediate area to contact when getting into a storm shelter, Grizzle said. Long-distance phone calls may be easier to make than across town, so out-of-town contacts could help with communicating between separated family members.
Text messaging may be an effective way to communicate during an emergency because texts often are able to get around network disruptions.
· Preparedness kits: According to ready.gov, a disaster survival kit is assembled with items a household may need in the event of an emergency.
Kits should be assembled in advance of an emergency and should contain sufficient food, water and other supplies to survive on your own after an emergency for at least 72 hours.
Basic disaster supplies kits contain water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation; food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person; battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; whistle to signal for help; dust masks; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench or pliers to turn off utilities; manual can opener for food; local maps and a cell phone with a charger, inverter or solar charger.
Other items to consider include prescription medications and glasses; infant formula and diapers; pet food and extra water for pets; cash or traveler’s checks; important family documents in a waterproof portable container; first aid book; sleeping bag for each person; complete change of clothing for each person; household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper; fire extinguisher; matches in a waterproof container; feminine supplies and personal hygiene items; mess kits; paper and pencil; and books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.