Monday, April 16, 2012

FEMA Text Messages

FEMA, also known as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an organization that assists the general public to inform and protect from domestic disasters whether they are natural or man made.  READY is a campaign started in 2003 to organize and involve citizens to prepare for disasters using many different forms of public resources and communications tools such as the internet and cell phones.

I found that anyone with a cell phone can easily subscribe to FEMA's  text messaging system.  The following is from the website.

FEMA Text Messages

Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply).

Here are basic commands to get started:

    To signup to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)

Now you probably ask, why do we need information from FEMA.

Remember last year when our area was hit by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene?

Well when you see there is a forecast for significant rain, you will be better prepared for floods and storms in general to help you, your family, co workers and friends.

Here is another link to the ready website for more information to being prepared, such as a preparing a plan for emergencies and being ready for a flood.

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