Choose an "Out-of-Town" Contact

Ask an "out-of-town" friend or relative to be your contact.  Following a disaster, family members should call this person and tell them where they are.  Everyone must know the contact's phone numbers.  After a disaster, it is often easier to make a long distance call than a local call from the disaster area.  Be sure to have coins or prepaid calling cards available to call your "out-of-town" contact.

You may have trouble getting through, or the phone system may be down altogether, but be patient and keep trying.

Plan for Your Pets

Meet With Your Family

"Out-of-Town" Contact

People with Special Needs

Family Communications Plan

Prepare for Different Hazards

Make a Kit

Where to Meet in an Emergency

Escape Routes and Safe Places


Be Prepared