3 reasons why you should have a family communications plan #NPM2020 #NatlPrep

Final day of the first week of the 2020 National Preparedness Month. So to close this week out, we are going to talk about your family communications plan…aka comms plan.

No, not that kinda plan.

An essential part of your emergency plan is the easy family communications plan.

WAIT…did you say “I already have their phone numbers in my cell phone. Why do I need anything else?”

<eye roll>

Your memory isn’t that great. You are human. And it’s been proven that during a crisis/duress, your critical skills and ability to recount precise information sucks.

This is precisely why you need a family communications plan.

Technology has proven to fail and fail at critical times in a crisis or disaster. While your cell phone is a critical piece of equipment, there are times where you lose your phone.

Yeah, I know all of you Apple Watch users have used the find my phone feature.

Regularly, we find evacuees after a storm, they report that they do not have good reception or adequate data service for their phones. This renders their phone useless when trying to communicate essential information to loved ones.

And we all know when we lose power to our phones that most definitely eliminate all critical phone numbers, emails, etc…

So three solid reasons why you want to consider having a hard copy family communications plan ready in case of an emergency.

Need some help? Here’s an easy template provided by our Ready.Gov campaign

Click to access Family_Comm_Plan_508_20150820.pdf

 

Easy peasy right?

Do the right thing for the safety of your family.

Reporting live and closing out the first week of the 2020 National Preparedness Month!

@rusnivek

Sustinence for PIOs on an ever changing workday #PIOProblems

No time for lunch today so this will have to do.


As a Public Information Officer (PIO), you have weird schedules and you need to plan accordingly for foods/meals.

Disasters are not luxurious. You likely will not get to eat regular breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

I see the USAToday walking in so I gotta get to work.


Bring it.

@rusnivek

Second looks at my #Spectacles From #SnapChat Part-2

Here’s my second observation with SnapChat’s #Spectacles

Duh right?!?!

Additionally, I am sure you are downloading your content in HD so that drains the battery even more because you are transferring it over bluetooth.

Sucking it dry…with social media.

More tomorrow peeps.

@rusnivek

 

Fill er up please! #NatlPrep #power

This week has been chock full of preparedness tips for power outages.

I know each of you have been working hard at preparing your kits, double checking and updating your supplies. Today’s tip addresses your ride (aka your whip):

Keep your car gas tank at least half full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. You’ll also have a good method for charging devices in an emergency or, if necessary, moving to a location with power.

To bring a smile to your Saturday, here’s a quick video for you

Keep your tanks filled…and sing loud and proud!

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Knowledge is power…so share your power safety tips with everyone.

Filler up and be ready by starting here!

@rusnivek

Are you serious? This is NOT Infinite power #NatlPrep #Power

This better not be your plan when the power goes out…

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One of the main reasons why people evacuate from the safety of their home is because they have no power source. For 2015 National Preparedness Month, here’s a few tips you can use before the power goes out:

  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Ensure you have extra compatible batteries for any device that can run on battery power (i.e., cell phones, portable phones, medical or assistive devices, radios).
  • Consider purchasing hand-crank and solar-powered chargers.
  • Consider extra USB port battery packs so you are able to charge various devices.
  • Extra charging cables – and make sure they are over 5 ft long.

Because no one likes a dead cell phone or portable device right?

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Plug into knowledge…and get better prepared today.

Be powered and Ready by starting here!

@rusnivek

Darkness? My flashlights I carry every day #NatlPrep #power

When the power goes out, your flashlights should be ready to go.

Me? Here are just a few of the flashlights I carry with me every day.

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Yes, I actually carry 3 different flashlights all the time.

  • Get reliable rugged flashlights that you can use in any situation.
  • Double check all flashlights weekly and make sure they are working.
  • Make sure your flashlights have some texture to the handle as rain can cause you to lose grip.

So if you’ve been to a preparedness class with me, you’ve seen my gear.

What kind of flashlights do you carry?

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Knowledge is power…so share your power safety tips with everyone.

Don’t get lost in the dark – Be Ready by starting here!

@rusnivek

 

Even during a power outage, this still has to work! #NatlPrep

Even during a power outage, this still has to work!

So be a hero and change the batteries in your smoke detector twice a year.

Smoke

When seconds count…Do it!

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Chirp chirp!

Be Ready and start here!

@rusnivek

You got the touch, you got the power! #NatlPrep

4th week of 2015 National Preparedness Month is all about Power outages.

So do you have the power?

OK, that’s one power…but before you stick the Matrix in your chest, maybe simply start by charging your phone.

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Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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You’re at your best when the road gets rough…

Be Ready by starting here!

@rusnivek

#NatlPrep Month – Don’t Wait. Communicate. #PrepareAthon

I know it’s only July, but National Preparedness Month is right around the corner.

FEMA’s Ready.Gov just announced the 2015 theme: Don’t Wait. Communicate: Make an emergency plan today.

Groovy huh?

Here’s the logo to use.

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Weekly themes will be done according to these identified topics:

  • Week 1:  September 1-5th            Flood
  • Week 2:  September 6-12th          Wildfire
  • Week 3:  September 13-19th        Hurricane
  • Week 4:  September 14-26th        Power Outage
  • Week 5:  September 27-30th        Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30, 2015

I’m looking forward to hearing your plans on how you intend to share preparedness efforts this year.

Are you Ready?

@rusnivek