Communications Plan for Emergencies


During an emergency, phones lines will be backed up with calls reporting important information. To let your loved ones know you are safe, don’t call them – Text.

It is better to send text messages than to call when natural disasters strike because networks get congested. Also, add battery-powered cell phone chargers to you storm emergency kit.

FEMA Video: In An Emergency, Text, Don’t Call: It’s Scary Simple

‘Scary Simple’ is campaigning by to educate Americans how to prepare for and respond to emergencies. Empower your family to develop a plan to communicate in the case of a disaster.

Have Multiple Ways to Get Emergency Warnings

Public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters.  It is important to have multiple ways of receiving emergency warnings.

Neighbor Check During Weather Emergency

Always check in on your neighbors during a weather emergency to see if they are OK.

Emergency Communication Plan ID Cards

Develop an “Emergency Communications Plan” with these Free ID Cards in case family members are separated from one another during a disaster emergency, (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), and have a plan for getting back together.

  • Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.
  • Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Include communications methods and individuals to call.
  • Provide copies for each family member.
  • Install Acrobat PDF Reader:
  • PDF Link: View & Print
  • Print Media: Standard white 8.5″ x 11″ inkjet paper – Landscape Orientation