Hurricane Disaster Plan
Almost every cell phone available today is able to send and receive SMS text messages.
SMS infrastructure generally holds up better in times of crisis than email, and it automatically appears on your phone’s screen when you receive one.
IN A DISASTER YOU CAN’T TRUST CELL PHONES
Satellite phones work in emergencies, transmit calls through networks of low-earth-orbiting satellites technically capable of transmitting calls anywhere on earth, BUT they have the drawback of not working inside buildings and being much heavier and more expensive than cell phones. Trusting cell phones to work in many emergency situations can be dangerous or fatal.
Two firms — Iridium and Globalstar — dominate the satellite-phone market. Cell phones become useless from call traffic overloading, power cutoffs, microcell batteries running down within a couple of days, power failures can turn regional cellular networks into largely useless hardware in short order. Organizations should not depend on inexpensive cell phones rather than the expensive dedicated radio equipment. Newer satellite phones commonly sell for $1,000 to $1,500 dollars. Monthly calling plans aren’t cheap either. Iridium subscribers typically pay between $1 and $1.50 a minute for air time.
The main problem is no communication connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown
- fill up your gas tank in the car
- call your family and invite them to your hurricane party sleep over!
- get the bucket and fill up the bathtub with water so you can still flush the toilet
- batteries batteries batteries batteries
- candles + matches
- P&J + bread
- magazines – books books books