The FCC warned consumers that more people try to use wireless and landline telephones during emergencies, creating network congestion.
The FCC recommended keeping non-emergency calls brief, freeing up networks for emergency communication and saving battery power for wireless phones.
“If possible try a variety of communications services if you are unsuccessful in getting through with one,” the FCC said. “For example, if you are unsuccessful in getting through on your wireless phone, try a messaging capability like text messaging or email.”
Echoing FEMA’s advice ahead of Hurricane Irene, the FCC also recommended consumers use local radio and television as their primary source of information.