Many times in a widespread disaster or emergency, it is easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area, for this reason it is important to establish one friend or relative for family members to call if you become separated in an emergency or a disaster. It is also a good idea to have a local number as well. This person then becomes the family communicator and can pass along
messages and vital information, relieving a great deal of stress and anxiety. Don't forget to teach children how to make long distance telephone calls.
Be sure that your home has at least one telephone that is hard-wired, portable telephones do not work during power outages. Cellular phones have proven undependable in times of disaster.