The “resolve to be ready” reminder comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign, and this year the agency is focusing on getting people to include technology in their preparedness plans. For example, almost 55 percent of Americans now own smartphones, so FEMA wants to help people “turn the technology in their purses and pockets into a life-saving tool during and after an emergency or disaster.”
Among FEMA’s technology preparedness tips:
- Store important documents such as personal and financial records online or on a flash or jump drive.
- Buy batteries and car-charger adapters for wireless devices and make sure to keep batteries charged.
- During a disaster, send text messages rather than voice calls, as text messages may be more likely to get through when networks are busy.
- If you need life-saving aid, call 9-1-1. Don’t text or tweet to 9-1-1.
Here’s to a healthy, happy and safe New Year!
What are your preparedness resolutions this year? Tell us in the comments!