ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hurricane Irene steered clear of Central Florida for the most part, sparing the region of not just damages but communication troubles, as well, but experts warn that families need a plan.
- If a phone call or text message doesn't go through, use social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
- Consider getting a landline phone that plugs into the wall, because like cellphones, portable phones might not work during or after a hurricane.
- Make an emergency plan with family and friends should all of these options fall through, such as picking a place to meet after a storm.
FEMA has a new mobile app for Android (iPhone coming soon) and a text messaging program. Here are the details.