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Be Prepared For An Emergency

The July message from Do1Thing.comis to develop a family communications plan. The best emergency plans are the ones that are written down and practiced regularly by everyone in the family. A good communication plan would include phone numbers for family members, trusted neighbors, caregivers, schools and employers. Post a list of In case of emergencycontacts in your home, and make a copy for each member of the family to keep with them at all times. In the event of a large local emergency, phone circuits can quickly become overloaded, but you may be able to send and receive text messages. Teach your family how to create and utilize group text messages. While local circuits may not work, long-distance calls may go through. Designate an out-of-town relative to be the point of contact for family members. Take a few minutes to pre-program emergency contact numbers into the phones of all family members, especially the youngest and oldest members of your family. However, do not rely solely on your memory or numbers stored in your phone in case your phone is lost or damaged. Keep a laminated list of important numbers in your wallet or purse, in the event you have to borrow a phone to make a call or send a text message. Also, keep at least one phone charging cord in each vehicle. Please refer to Do1Thing.comfor more information. Have a great summer!.

Ward Symes

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