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COMMUNICATION PLAN

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11 Jan 2019 07:41 #16 by macguiver2
COMMUNICATION PLAN was created by macguiver2
An often overlooked portion of Prepping is a "Communication Plan". What i mean by that is a Plan in place to get in touch with Family Members in the Event of a SHTF situation.
One of my Biggest Fears during an SHTF Situation is the ability to get my Family back together to ensure their Safety and Security. Most Folks believe that Cell Phones are the "Answer" to that problem............I say,  NOT EXACTLY !!   Here's Why.;  1st and foremost,  there is a Very Likely chance that the "Circuits" will become Overloaded VERY QUICKLY..... This happens quite often whenever there is a Natural or Man made disaster or Event.. 2nd, if the Power Grid "goes down", the "Back-Up Batteries" that keep the Cell Phone Towers & Transmitters operating, will only last approximately 12 to 24 hrs depending on the age & condition of those Batteries. Once they go dead, the Cell Tower/Transmitter Site goes COMPLETELY DOWN !! 
 When the the Power Grid is restored, the Systems are brought back "Online" slowly . 3rd;  in the event of an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) the restoration of both the Power Grid and any Electronic device will most likely be Impossible, unless protected by a Special "Faraday Device" Prior to the EMP Event . Even then, all supporting Systems must also have been EMP protected to ensure their protection as well.
Now, you may think that Local Municipalities and "Emergency Services" will have a way for you to call Authorities to "Go Find" your Spouse or Children at their place of Work or School/Day Care etc., but ......my belief is that they will probably have "Bigger Problems" and Emergency Medical services to Elderly Care facilities, Hospitals and Homes.
Just an FYI, those Emergency Services, Authorities and municipalities will also have "Back-up" generator sytems that run on "Limited Supplies" of Diesel Fuel stored onsite in tanks. Just imagine how long those will run 24-7, if a Natural or Man-Made Disaster prevents delivery of more fuel due to blocked roads etc.
Its a lot to take in, however it CAN and HAS HAPPENED !!
Fortunately there are Special Communications Plans and Amateur Radio Operators that are prepared for these Exact Scenarios. I am one of those myself and Practice for this type of event quite regularly, however i still have a "Family Plan" that i have worked out with my Friends and Family to ensure they will get somewhere safe until we can all get back together again..........Do You ?
Let me know what you think,..............and what ideas or Questions you may have. 
I have one Last Question. Do you know how you would get a message to a Loved One, Clear Across the Country or World, to let them know you are ok...........or to find out if they are ok?
                                                                                             Jeff - "Macguiver2"

 

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16 Jan 2019 12:23 #19 by trail
Replied by trail on topic COMMUNICATION PLAN
I called our school to see if they had a phone chain for parents, or volunteer response group. The school was adamant that parents needed to prevent chaos, and let the school handle it. They also warned that parents would not be allowed to pick up kids in an emergency.

We did have an emergency, and I expected kids would be bused home. Waited... waited... until an hour after their usual time. Bus drivers had to overlap kids on different schedules, so drove home with a random "who's next?" route.
I've seen documentation that some districts have backpacks for emergencies, assuming kids might stay overnight or need to be relocated.

Better to call in sick if a day looks iffy.

(Retyping a lost post)

"You may think that Local Municipalities and "Emergency Services" will have a way for you to call Authorities to "Go Find" your Spouse or
Children at their place of Work or School/Day Care etc., but ......my
belief is that they will probably have "Bigger Problems"

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