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Health Tip: Develop a Family Communication Plan
For use during a weather emergency
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- When extreme weather sets in, your family should be prepared. Developing a family communication plan ahead of time can help family members stay connected.

The Ready.gov website offers these suggestions:

  • Equip every family member with the contact phone number, a cell phone and a prepaid phone card.
  • Program emergency contact information into your cell phone under "ICE" (in case of emergency). This also may be used by emergency workers if you're in an accident.
  • Make sure all family members know how to send and read text messages, which may go through more easily than phone calls during an emergency.
  • During an actual emergency, contact a family member or loved one (preferably out of state) to let that person know you are safe.
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