communication during emergency or disaster

3 Alternative Communication Options for Emergencies and Disasters

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For the majority of us, we have people that we want to stay connected to, especially during an emergency or disaster.

We can have all the plans in the world and know exactly how each person should be implementing them, but there are numerous reasons why we’ll want or need to contact someone.

During an emergency or disaster, chances or our cell phones still working are slim. Cell towers can get jammed very quickly. Have you ever been in a busy store during the holiday season and attempted to use your phone? It’s extremely difficult because of the sheer amount of people inside of the building, jamming up the local cell tower(s).

In my neighborhood there was a huge blackout and I attempted to get onto the internet; impossible. It was so bogged down by everyone else that was also trying to get on. I couldn’t make a phone call and in that instance, couldn’t even text.

In many instances, text messaging will still work over anything else, but it’s not guaranteed.

You will want at least one alternative means of communicating with your loved ones.

Here are the top 3 alternative communication options for emergencies and disasters:


Many landlines still exist and they can still be a viable option in an emergency or disaster. You don’t necessarily have to have a landline of your own. Do your neighbors have a landline? You can always walk to nearby businesses as most of them still have a landline. Even many pay phones still work as a landline (just be sure to carry around some change, maybe $2 worth). Be sure to keep a physical piece of laminated paper with important phone numbers.

Out Of State Operator

I’m not talking about a literal operator, I’m talking about a friend or family member that lives out of your state that can accept phone calls and relay messages. Basically how it works is: someone calls the “out of state operator”, gives them a message. Someone else calls the “out of state operator” in order to receive any messages and/or give a message. This way, it’s one person taking and relaying messages. It’s one point of contact. This is a great way to receive and relay information.

HAM Radio

HAM radio is almost always used in an emergency or disaster. It is one of the absolute best ways to stay connected with others. Get your license, learn how to use it, teach your household how to use it and anyone else you’ll want to stay connected with. Get a mobile HAM radio like a Baofeng, keep it charged, turn it on when you need to talk to others.

There are several other alternative communication options but these are my top 3 most effective and easiest ways for people to stay connected.

Make your alternative communication options part of your emergency disaster plan and make sure your group/household knows how to get a hold of everyone.

Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!


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