One of the worst things that can occur during and following a disaster is the loss of communications with family members, friends, and loved ones. Making plans and preparations regarding communications should be a vital part of your overall plan.
Do not count on your cell phone. Increased traffic on cell phone networks can quickly overload wireless capacity
Record an out-going message on your cell phone voicemail so that callers can be reassured of your safety
Long-distance phone lines often work before local phone lines so identify an out-of-state contact and provide this person with the contact information with the people you want to keep informed of your situation. Share this information with family and friends locally
Avoid making non-urgent phone calls after a disaster even if phone lines are un-damaged. Increased phone calls can jam phone circuits
Keep coins in your Go-Bag. Payphones are more likely to work before other phone lines
Cordless phones require electricity. Make sure you have a backup phone that does not require electricity