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Following a Disaster: What to Expect: Part Three

11. Family will worry. Create a communications plan and a phone tree to keep extended family informed.

12. Do not keep children sheltered from the truth. If you have created a family culture of self-reliance you can tell your children the truth and they will be prepared to help and look forward to the future in a positive, self-confident way.

13. Limited communication. Landlines will work longer than cell phones. Cell phones will be heavily used by first responders limiting your use, especially for local calls. No power means no TV or radio to keep you informed. HAM radio operators will be the most reliable source for information. Our grandchildren, one as young as seven, have gotten licensed and are able to use the radios to communicate with other HAMs to stay informed.

14. No trash pick-up. How will you prevent rodents and insects?

15. Animals, especially rodents and snakes have had their homes damaged and they will be looking for a warm place and food. Use a stick to poke through debris before moving it. You will need traps for rodents and insect spray.

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