FAIRBANKS- Large scale disasters can happen unexpectedly and your loved ones could be in different places. It's important to be on the same page and know what you will do if phone lines are overwhelmed during an emergency. Emergency Manager with FNSB, Craig Malloy, says you may be able to send a text or make a phone call to someone out of state. If you organize it ahead of time, the out-of-state person can work to communicate between family members locally.
If internet is working, consider Facebook or email as way to communicate. To stay informed about unfolding events don't underestimate old school Television and radio, but make sure one is battery powered in case of a power outage. There's also a new free text messaging service through NIXLE , text 888 777 and put your zip code in the message. “Then you will automatically be subscribed, and when authorities send out a nixle alert you can receive it via text," Malloy says.
For more information, the website ready.gov offers a template to help develop a family emergency plan, (a link is provided at the bottom of the page)also emergency response groups will host a large preparedness exposition September 28th at the Carlson Center.
Tune in tonight for our full report on communication during an Emergency