Thursday, January 23, 2014

Preparedness Tips Via Text Message? FEMA Has It Covered...

You may know that FEMA uses text messages to help people find open shelters and open disaster recovery centers during an incident. However, did you know you can also sign up to receive regular safety tips for specific disaster topics ranging from hurricanes, home fires, and more?  For example, you can text WINTER to 43362 to receive winter storm and extreme cold safety tips directly to your cell phone (standard message and data rates apply).

cell phonesFEMA sends you bi-monthly safety tips on a variety of disaster related topics:  
  • Hurricanes: text HURRICANE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Home fires: text FIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Wildfires: text WILDFIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Tornadoes: text TORNADO to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Earthquakes: text EARTHQUAKE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Winter storms and extreme cold: text WINTER to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Power outages: text BLACKOUT to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • Floods: text FLOOD to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • General monthly safety tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
A couple of details to note about the program:
  • If subscribing to more than one list, please send a separate text for each topic. 
  • There is no limit to the number of lists you can subscribe to.
  • Sending STOP will automatically unsubscribe you from all lists. 
All FEMA text messages are sent from a dedicated number, which is 43362 (4FEMA).  Also, the FEMA text message program is not a substitute for 9-1-1. During an emergency, call your local fire/EMS/police or 9-1-1.

Learn more about the FEMA Text Message Program.