Why do we need out-of-town contacts in emergencies?

During and after a disaster local infrastructure could become disrupted. Local phone lines may be inundated with calls, while long distance phone lines remain open. It may be easier to reach out-of-town contacts that have not been affected by the incident.


Make sure you keep a card with contact numbers and names with your kit, as well as in your cars. A pre-paid, long distance phone card may also be a good idea.

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1. What is emergency management?
2. What hazards is Chesterfield County susceptible to?
3. If I spot a potential disaster, whom should I contact?
4. What are the differences between natural and man-made disasters?
5. What do I do when there's a weather alert/watch/warning for Chesterfield County?
6. When is hurricane season?
7. How can I prepare my family for a disaster?
8. What items should we keep in our emergency kit?
9. In the event of a disaster and I have to evacuate my home, where do I go?
10. Why do we need out-of-town contacts in emergencies?
11. How can I prepare my pets for emergencies?
12. Are pets allowed in the shelters?
13. What does it mean to “Shelter-In-Place?”
14. Where can I find updated County specific information during a disaster?
15. What is an Emergency Operations Center (EOC)?
16. Does Chesterfield County have an emergency operations plan?
17. How can I help my community during a disaster?
18. Who do I contact if my elderly mother who is on oxygen loses power for an extended period of time?
19. Where do local facilities send copies of their annual Tier II reports?
20. Who should I contact for more information about emergency preparedness?