Identify a central telephone number and contact person for family members and employees to call in the event of a natural disaster or other off-farm emergency to confirm they are safe and to coordinate response activities. Consider a cell phone number or someone outside your immediate area in case of widespread power outages. Non-voice channels like texting, email or social media use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when the land lines do not.

If an emergency requires that you evacuate your premises, time permitting, leave a note informing others when you left and where you went. Post to your social media accounts. If you have a mailbox, leave the note there and consider putting it into a plastic bag or sleeve for protection.