There’s no question that mobile phones have become essential to our daily lives and that’s especially true in a disaster.
You will often see preparedness websites saying that you need more methods of communication during a disaster but have you ever stopped to think why?
If you have failed to secure alternate means of communication you need to start now.
During this quick guide we are going to look at why this is so important and why you might not be able to rely on your cell phone during a disaster.
- Towers might be down – depending on the situation the cell phone towers might be down. This is especially true during ice storms when the weight of the ice has caused extensive damage.
- Overloaded – during a disaster everybody takes to their cell phones to try and call in or out for help. This can overload the networks making you unable to get through. This happened during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
- Top priority for first responders – during a disaster first responders may have priority. There is a mechanism that is put in place so that with a code, first responders can get top priority for cell phone usage.
- Dead battery – An obvious reason for not being able to use your cell phone is a dead battery and if there is no power in the area, it can’t be recharged.
If you haven’t already, check out our post on ways that you can communicate with your loved ones during a disaster if your cell phone isn’t an option.