If Phones Are Working After the Quake:
- If land/cell phones are working, DON’T call 911 with questions: they will be busy with emergencies.
- Call a designated, out-of-state person to “phone tree” others. Then stay off the phone!
- Change your voice mail message to state that you are safe.
- You may have to wait for a dial tone. Be patient – don’t hang up and try again.
If Phones Are NOT Working After the Quake:
Here’s a satellite texting devise that, while expensive ($300), is way cheaper than most other alternatives:
DeLorme InReach SE Satellite Communicator Here’s the link:
If you’ve been putting it off, my in-home QuakeConsult (quakeprepare.com/quakeconsult) is still $295 in most of the SF Bay area. It covers an assessment of your retrofit + a lot more.
I’m guessing 5% of bay area homes have an automatic gas shut-off valve. If you’re one of the 95%, you might want to contact me to get the cheapest fire insurance around: still $245 in most of the SF Bay area.