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Cell Phones

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Staying connected to other people helps your moral during an emergency. You also will want to find out what is going on and check to see if services are available. Your cell phone is going to be essential for communication.   Have alternative ways to charge it when the power goes out and it runs down. Options are portable chargers, automobile chargers, and solar powered chargers. 

Cell phones with satellite downlinks are used by emergency responders.  Plans are offered to individuals, but they are very expensive.  Ham radios are another resource.

 

Emergency Radios

Windup Battery Radio

You have several options for emergency radios. Be sure and have a radio that is more than just a plain AM/FM radio. Emergency radios are designed to pick up special emergency broadcasts.

 

Emergency radios include

Solar and hand cranked radios. 
Battery powered radios.
 

Benefits of Emergency radios:

Broadcasts to to let you know what is happening.

Information as to where you can go for help, find food and other supplies, and location of emergency shelters.

Information as to when help is coming.

 

It is mentally important to stay connected to other people, and to be able to share resources.  However, as a word of caution, do not continually listen to disaster news. It is not good for your mental health.  Take frequent breaks to lighten your mood.

 

Insurance Claims

emergency claims service RV

 

My husband went to New Orleans to handle emergency Katrina claims. There were no hotel rooms within 150 miles of his location so his company purchased a mobile home for him to use.  He loaded up his supplies and drove into the disaster area.

His location was broadcast on the radio so people could come and file their insurance claims.  They were also able to receive emergency advance payments.  Many people had lost everything, and these payments were all the money they had.

 

emergency tent shelter at LDS church

Emergency Shelter at LDS Church

The first store to open was Walmart. They are almost always the first store to both offer assistance and to open after an emergency.  The LDS church has a lot of volunteers and also responds to emergencies. The location of their services were also broadcast.  Help from the Red Cross may also be available.

 

emergency food at LDS church

Emergency Food at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Preparation Articles

More tips and perspectives on how to prepare and cope with natural  disasters and other emergency situations.

 

Dehydrated Food Recipes

Recipes using long term food storage -  freeze dried and dehydrated food

Canned Food Recipes

Recipes that are easy to make and use items that you can purchase in the supermarket and store in your pantry.

 

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