Cell Phone Preparedness


Cell phones are often the best means of communication during an emergency and they can now be a powerful tool in preparedness. There are many smartphone applications (APPs) which can help you prepare in the event of a disaster.

  • Use text/email/social media to let family and close friends know you are safe
  • Call 911 for serious emergencies only
  • Keep cell phone charged and carry extra battery pack/car charger/hand crank phone power generator for backup
  • Conserve cell phone battery power by dimming screen, putting phone in ‘airplane mode’, closing all unnecessary applications and only using phone for necessary calls/messages/etc.
  • Download CMAS/Wireless Emergency Alerts, ask phone provider/carrier about options
  • Carry prepaid phone card in wallet as an alternative


  • Disaster Recovery Log available on iOS App Store or Google Play
  • Helps record and illustrate damage caused by disasters through text, photos and audio
  • Provides information on how to deal with damage caused by disasters (ex: how to clean flood-damaged appliances, electronics, carpets, etc.)


  • FEMA Mobile App available through Apple and on Android through Google Play
  • Text or receive texts from the FEMA number, 43362, on safety tips and updates on specific disasters
  • Locate open shelters and DRC’s (disaster recovery centers)
  • Emergency kit checklist and family plan


  • First Aid App available on the App Store, Google Play, an Amazon Echo device, or by texting GETFIRST to 90999
  • First Aid information with step-by-step tutorials for many of the most common incidents
  • Quizzes and videos available to challenge yourself and improve understanding of First Aid steps
  • Prepare for disasters and emergencies
  • Call 911 from app at any time
  • Not a substitute for formal First Aid training but immensely helpful for emergencies


  • Pet First Aid App available on the Apple App Store, Google Play or by texting GETPET to 90999
  • Pet First Aid for 25 common situations using text, images and video
  • Manage your pet in disaster situations, administer medication and identify common toxic substances
  • A preventive care early warning sign checker
  • Program veterinary contact number
  • Locate nearest emergency vet or pet-friendly hotels