Quick Emergency Prep Project: Build a Texting Tree
Posted on May 9, 2012 by aptprepper
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A few weeks ago, we posted a guest post on having a meeting place in times of emergency, which covered having multiple backup plans in place where your family can congregate. At the same time, when a disaster occurs, we would also want to reach out to loved ones to communicate our situation or inform them of our next move. In recent emergencies, it was widely observed that while land lines did not work, many people were able to use their cell phones to send text messages. For this reason it would be a good idea to organize your own texting tree. Much like the phone trees used by kids’ schools to keep parents informed, the texting tree would be used in times of emergency to keep family and friends informed.
This project is simple: all you need is your cell phone, contact list and a sheet of paper. You can either draw it out manually or build the tree using Word or Excel, in the same manner you would create an organization chart. It should only take about an hour at the most, except for the part about explaining how it works to your contacts.
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IT would be a good idea to have your contacts be in a different geographic area.
For example, my three contacts are geographically diverse.
And, I’ve asked them to contact three folks in region or who’d care.
Not that I’d be sad about being released for this “vale of tears”, but it’s against the rules to leave the game early.
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