Keep all your contacts updated across all of your various devices, including your phone, cell phone, email and social media. This will make it easy to reach out to the right people quickly to get updated information and supply updates. You may consider creating a group list of your top/key contacts. If you don't have already set up:
Learn how to send updates via text and internet through your mobile phone and social channels - just in case voice communications are not available. Text messages and the internet often have the ability to work in the event land-line phone service is interrupted.
Keep extra batteries for your phone in a safe place or purchase a solar-powered or hand crack charger. These chargers are good as emergency tools that will keep your laptop and other small electronics working. If you own a car, have a phone charger designed for your automobile if you lose power in your home.
Program "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) contacts into your cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people for you if you are unable to use your phone. Let your ICE contacts know that they are programmed into your phone and inform them of any medical issues or other special needs you may have.
If you have a traditional landline (non-broadband or VOIP) phone, keep at least one non-cordless receiver in your home because it will work in case you lose power.
If you are evacuated and have call-forwarding on your home phone, forward your home number to your cell phone number.
If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use if needed during or after a disaster.
Prepare a family contact sheet. This should include at least one out-of-town contact that may be better able to reach family members in an emergency.
Have a battery powered or hand cranked radio or television available with spare batteries.