Health Watch — When Disaster Strikes: Communication

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about preparing for and responding to disasters. Previously, we talked about making sure all family members have contact information for each other.

Patrick Tiner, a disaster response expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that in some disaster situations, communications within the affected area may not work as well as communications to and from the outside world. Because of this, he suggests designating a friend or family member who lives in another area as an emergency informational clearinghouse who can provide updates and reports or pass on messages. Make sure that person’s name and contact number are on your emergency information list. He also suggests designating an emergency meeting point for your family in case you’re separated in a disaster.


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September 2007

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