Communicating Your Wishes to Others
Getting the message across.
Expressing your wishes before a disaster will go a long way with ensuring that they are carried out in the future. What happens if you become incapacitated? Does your family know what to do? Do they know where to go for resources? Who will speak on your behalf when dealing with important health and legal matters? How will you keep in touch with people once the grid becomes incapacitated?
Every prepper needs to think about their communication strategy. Express your plans and intentions to people before disaster strikes. Do you have people far from ground zero that you can contact for information and to discuss options? Do you have someone to contact who will be able to tell doctors what your medical issues are and what kind of care you authorize? Do you have a tentative plan that tells people where to expect you to go if you have to bug-out?
These are just some general questions to consider as you formulate a plan that works best for you. Just keep in mind that once communications systems go down, it will be very challenging to keep in touch with the outside world. Lay things out on the table now, before this problem exists, and you will be on a more solid footing as you negotiate the precarious road to recovery after a disaster.
Diversify how you communicate.
Make the most of everything from social media to e-mail and voice calls to stay in touch. While there is a risk that cell and Internet networks can go down, it’s unlikely that the entire country will be in the dark forever. You may have to stand in line to get access, or you may need to limit yourself to a specific area that’s still plugged in, but it’s important to have more than one way to reach out and touch someone.
Get phone and Internet service from multiple providers. Maintain multiple email accounts with different services. Have more than one social media account that your friends and family use on a regular basis. This way, if one service goes down, you are still able to get through by using other avenues.
Communication is an essential tool during a crisis, and it’s up to you to establish a system that will work for your needs and expectations. You can relay a lot of information ahead of time and get others briefed on your situation to save time and hassles. You can also have more options by diversifying your methods as well. The bottom line is that you want people to know what you want and what you need, and now is the time to get those lines of communication open.