National Preparedness Month: Get tech ready, make your plan mobile Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 September 2017
By Troy Carney
Special to Guidon

Technology makes it easier than ever to prepare for emergencies, but can be unreliable at times. Here are some tips to make sure you are tech ready.

Register in AtHoc
The AtHoc system provides Fort Leonard Wood the capability to provide immediate alerts and warnings. Members must ensure their personal contact information, including after-duty hours information, are entered into the system.The use of AtHoc alerts has increased the safety of personnel who work and train at the installation giving the ability to communicate quickly and effectively about threats affecting the installation.

Make a Tech Plan
Use text messages, social media and email to connect with friends and Family during emergencies. Networks can become overwhelmed due to high call volumes during emergencies, making it difficult to place and receive calls. Text messages require less bandwidth, meaning they are able to be transmitted more reliably during these situations. Social media can also be an effective way to update Family and friends during emergencies.

Additionally, store important documents in a secure, password-protected jump drive or in the cloud. There are several apps for mobile devices that make this easier than ever.

Capture electronic versions of important documents such as insurance policies, identification documents, and medical records. Don’t forget to include your pet’s information.

(Editor's note: Carney is an emergency management specialist with the Fort Leonard wood Emergency Management Office.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 October 2017 )