We are big believers in personal preparedness here at Invictus Consulting. Since we all rely on our phones for everything, why not use it for emergency preparedness too?
- Hurricane: American Red Cross
- Emergency: Alerts (American Red Cross)
- Tornado: American Red Cross
- Flood: American Red Cross
- Earthquake: American Red Cross
States have their own Ready organizations. Ready.gov is the Department of Homeland Security’s disaster readiness portal, but each state has some version of this, so use a search engine to search “ready [state name]” to find your state’s version. Some states have an app (like Ready Georgia), so look into that too for your state.
Many counties around the country also have alert and warning systems. Usually these systems require you to sign up with your phone number and you’ll receive text message alerts. With that said, we’ve run across a whole gamut of county-specific alert systems, so search for your county’s system and follow their directions to get plugged in.
ICE – This acronym stands for In Case of Emergency. There are apps that you can download (search your app store for “ICE”). Alternately, you can add “ICE” as one of your contacts in your phone’s contact list. Emergency responders know to look for ICE in a person’s contact list to find emergency contact information. If you go this route, put your emergency contact’s name, phone number, email, etc. in the ICE contact.
Don’t forget tech chargers! Make sure you have chargers in the car, at work, and of course at home. Portable charging packs should also be in your emergency provisions stash.
And finally, make sure you have important documents like your insurance, proof of residence, medical records, etc. backed up to the cloud and available electronically.