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PHONE USE & EMERGENCY ALERTS

Phone Use & Emergency Alerts

Plan for how you will communicate with loved ones after a disaster.

  • Long-distance phone lines often work before local phone lines, so identify an out-of-state contact and provide this person with the contact information of people you want to keep informed of your situation. Share this information with your family and friends locally.

  • Avoid making non-urgent phone calls after a disaster – even if phone lines are un-damaged, increased phone traffic can jam phone circuits.

  • Cordless phones or phone systems require electricity; make sure you have a backup phone that requires no electricity.

  • Keep coins in your Go-bag. Payphones may work before other phone lines.

  • Don't count on your cell phone - increased traffic on cell phone networks can quickly overload wireless capacity.

  • Record an outgoing message on your voicemail so that callers can be re-assured of your safety status.

  • Learn how to use text messaging. It uses a different part of the cell phone network and it might be possible to send and receive text messages when voice channels for mobile phones and land lines are jammed.

  • Register your email addresses and wireless devices (mobile phones, pagers and PDAs) at Alert LA website(http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla).  When possible, the City will send email and/or text alerts about potential hazards and/or post disaster information. Examples include tsunami warnings and local disaster shelter locations.

  • Click here to register for Breaking News Alerts

  • Click here to register for RPV & EPC Listserves

  • After an earthquake, check all your telephones to be sure they have not shaken off the hook and are tying up a line.

 

 

       
How to Prepare
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