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Personal Risk Management – Have a Family Communication Plan


The phones and email we rely on for communication rely themselves on electricity. Are you prepared to communicate with your family and others if there is an extended power outage? Do1Thing, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and businesses respond to disasters, recommends that you:

  • Have a car charger for your mobile phone
  • Have a clear understanding, with all family members, about how you will communicate if some or all of you do not have phone service or Internet access for an extended time. Where will you meet? When phone service is available, what friend or relative will everyone call, to check-in? Having everyone call a single contact (someone outside of the area affected by the power outage) is more efficient than each family member trying to call all other family members.
  • Make sure all family members who have mobile phones store an ICE (“in case of emergency”) number in those phones. It’s the person who should be called if you are injured and not responsive. Rescue personnel will look for the ICE number in your contacts list.

For details and videos, go to   and click on the “For Individuals” button. You will find suggested disaster-preparedness measures for each month.

About VIS

Volunteers Insurance Service Association, Inc. (VIS) was established in 1972 for the purpose of providing insurance and risk management services for volunteer-based organizations. In addition to still providing these insurance services today on a nationwide scale, we have expanded to provide noninsurance resources for members to manage their risks and improve their operations. By transferring the volunteer risk exposure to our program, we can help you protect your organization. Contact us today at (800) 222-8920 for more information on our programs and services. Join now!