In an Emergency, Try Texting Instead

April 15, 2013 | By | Comments (3)


Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the explosions today in Boston. While this is a tip, we hope you and your family members never have to use, it’s a useful one to know.

If you are trying to reach someone in the wake of an emergency, skip trying to get them on the phone and text or tweet at them instead. Why? Due to the influx of concerned family members and friends phone lines and cell towers in the affected area an jam up quickly making it difficult for your call, and calls to the authorities to get through. Texting on the other hand won’t tie up those signals nearly as much. Meaning more people can check in and be sure their loved ones are okay.

Get info on creating an emergency plan here.


  1. ushamenon

    Very interesting article and at the same time useful.

    April 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm
  2. Erica

    I found this out by accident back in November as it was the only way I was able to tell loved ones we were OK after Sandy took out numerous cell towers near my home. Very useful, yet not common, information to know.

    April 16, 2013 at 11:45 am
  3. Millie

    I would have assumed that if you can’t get onto the person on the phone they would try to text straight away. Nevertheless it’s a good reminder for all of those out there in an emergency situation.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

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