Actual factual good idea post-disaster tip!

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Oh! So, since I HAVE been through a biggish earthquake before, a post-quake tip re: communication (really, for any large disaster): change the voice mail message on your phone to something letting people know you’re alright. You can even give specific people instructions, if it’s urgent. That provides some important, minimal communication despite communications network outages and overloads. Everybody calls everybody right after an earthquake. It can be a mess.

If you’re not in the area, better to wait a day or two to check on your friends, rather than adding to that mess, too.