Communicating with loved ones is very important in the aftermath of a disaster, but normal communications methods might not work. Having a communications plan will help you stay connected.
- Sign up to receive emergency alerts and warnings.
- If lots of people try to make phone calls at the same time, the system can become overwhelmed and crash. Instead of calling people after a disaster, try to send short text messages, such as 'U OK?' or 'IM HOME'. Short text messages are more likely to get through successfully than longer messages or phone calls.
- Establish an out-of-area contact for everyone in your household. Texts or phone calls to someone who lives outside of an impacted area are more likely to get through successfully than texts or calls to someone close by. Ask a trusted friend or family member who lives out of state.
- Write down important phone numbers and keep them in a safe location in your home as well as in your wallet, purse, or backpack. If you lose your phone or your phone dies, you will still be able to reach people.
- If someone in your household has a communication disability or uses alternative communication devices, be sure to include their needs in your plan as well.
Communications Planning Resources
ALERT King County
Sign up to get emergency alerts and warnings for area.
Family Communications Planning Guide(PDF, 965KB)
Use this guide to help your household establish a communications plan.