Monday, December 31, 2012

Resolve to be Ready in 2013

Are you fully prepared for a disaster? There is always something more to do to make sure that you and your loved ones are ready in case an emergency happens. That’s why we’re suggesting a New Year’s resolution: Resolve to be ready in 2013!

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.
Get Ready can help you learn how to use technology to be prepared in the New Year, too. Check out our recent podcast about learning to be tech-ready.

Here’s to a healthy, happy and safe New Year!

What are your preparedness resolutions this year? Tell us in the comments!

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