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SALT LAKE CITY -- After a major disaster, people need to get in touch with loved ones and have information about the situation.

But what do you do when phone lines snap and cell phone towers collapse, like in an earthquake?

As Utah prepares for the possibility of such a situation, among other disasters, it's important to consider communication devices.

A hand crank radio can be helpful for receiving information, and are battery operated. Two-way radios are also helpful for close-range communication. Satellite phones, though more expensive, will work at any time, since they depend upon satellites to transmit signals, not grounded towers or lines. Another option? Texting. Sometimes a call won't go through, but a text may.

For more tips, go to the Utah Shakeout website.

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