How to reconnect with loved ones after severe weather

tornado 1Spring is officially here! While it means warmer weather is here or on the horizon, it also means an increased risk for severe weather. If a storm hits while you are at work and your children are at school or daycare, how will you contact one another? How will you get back together? Head off any potential chaos before it happens by developing an Emergency Communication Plan.

Here’s how:

1. Pick an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as your family’s contact point. Instruct everyone to check in with them after a disaster. Make sure all your family members know this person’s information, including: social media links, telephone number (with area code), and physical address. Be sure to keep a copy of the information by your landline, and load all the information into your mobile phone.

2. Pick a meeting spot outside of your home. Consider one in your neighborhood, or near your work or your children’s school. Make sure everyone in your family has memorized the route to get there.

3. Discuss your plan as soon as it is finalized. Talk through scenarios you could each experience and how your plan will get you back together. A family discussion will likely help everyone feel more at ease.

For more information on how to prepare your home and family, contact your local Red Cross or visit FEMA’s website for a printable communication plan template.

About DeAnne Boegli

DeAnne Boegli is the National Public Relations Manager for TDS Telecommunications which means she wears a lot of hats on a day to day basis. DeAnne jumped on the social media train early (TDS joined Facebook in 2008) and has been keeping her team at TDS up-to- date with the rapid changes in these popular online sites, in addition to her more traditional public relations, reputation management and media roles. DeAnne holds degrees in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She has been in telecommunications at TDS for the past 13 years; prior to that she managed corporate communications for Rayovac which is also headquartered in Madison, Wis. In her spare time, she teaches dance classes at a studio she started in 2001. So, if you need to learn to tap dance she could help. We all know some PR types are known for dancing around issues, but not DeAnne she tells it like it is and just dances for the sport of it. DeAnne has a unique blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experience which gives her great perspective in talking with business owners and marketers like you.

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