Friday, February 22, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - February Week 4

First, I want to thank all of you who have been following these preparedness challenges. I'm amazed at what you've accomplished! Don't worry if you can't get it all done. I'm not getting it all done, but it's keeping preparedness fresh on my mind.

This week we're going to focus on three goals in emergency communication. The first one will be easy for you; making sure your cell phone has text. Your second goal is to have a solar cell phone charger and your third goal is to put emergency apps on your phone. Let's start with that first goal.

1. Have a Cell Phone with Text
After a major disaster, the ability to call will be very limited as many people will be using the same circuits so, it's best to communicate through text. Sometimes you can communicate through apps such as Twitter or Facebook. It really depends on what is available. So, make sure your phone can text.

In a previous week we talked about having an emergency communication plan. One reminder is to have an out-of-state contact who family members can contact when they can't contact you.

2. Have a Solar Cell Phone Charger
We are extremely dependent on our cell phones, and there are times when the power goes out for extended periods of time. A solar cell phone charger is the answer. Recently in my ward some of us purchased the Max 2-in-1 from LuminAid. I like this charger because it is collapsible, waterproof and provides light. There are many other options for you to choose from.


3. Add Emergency Apps to Your Phone
This is by far the easiest part of this week's challenge. We live in an amazing technical era with first aid knowledge at our fingertips. Whether it's an everyday disaster or a major disaster, we need emergency answers on our phones.

I keep mine in a folder on my cell phone. And who couldn't be without the Savior in a crises?

A few apps I like:


DISASTER HELP: "Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Learn emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornados and more. Locate open shelters in your area and find disaster recovery centers where you can talk to FEMA in person."

Red Cross Apps

BE PREPARED: Do you know first aid? Or what to do in an earthquake? These apps and more not listed, will help you in an emergency.


BE A LIFESAVER: "Where adopted, PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. App users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert users in the vicinity of the need for CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these potential rescuers to the exact location of the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED)."

TIP A CRISES: "The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone." Perhaps your state has one.

I hope you found something you can work on. I sure enjoyed putting this post together for you.

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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