September is National Preparedness Month. This month we will be sending out regular posts about things you can do in your home to be prepared if an emergency or disaster occurs.
#13- Get Tech Ready
Technology has made it easier than ever to prepare for emergencies, but it can be unreliable in an emergency if you haven’t kept your gadgets protected and powered up. Here are some tips to make sure you are tech ready:
Download the FEMA app. Get weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
- Receive fast and reliable weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations nationwide.
- Learn how to prepare for emergencies and useful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe before, during, and after disasters.
- Locate open shelters and disaster resource centers near you.
- Submit photos of damage in your area.
- Prepare your emergency kit, make a family plan, and set reminders.
Sign up for FEMA text messages to get updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply).
Here are basic commands to get started:
- To sign up to get preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362.
- To search for open shelters (for disaster survivors): text SHELTER and a ZIP code to 43362.
- To get a list of all keywords you can subscribe to: text LIST to 43362.
- To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362.
Be sure you have extra chargers and power for your devices. You might want to have a power bank charged up as well.
Before a disaster, follow local government on social media to stay up-to-date with official information before, during, and after a disaster. Sign up for Twitter alerts from trusted government agencies to get notified when critical information goes out.