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Text messaging, Twitter and social networking Web sites could help families stay in touch in the wake of a disaster. The Safe America Foundation is teaming up with the the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the "Drill Down for Safety" program.

The idea is to make people more aware of communication options during an emergency. Dennis Schrader, former deputy director for national preparedness for FEMA, and chair of Safe America's 9/11 Steering Committee, is encouraging family members to text each other on September 11th.

More than 200,000 people are expected to participate in drills of alternative emergency communication tools starting on Sept. 11 and lasting through mid-October.

Safe America's web site offers a tutorial in emergency text messaging and may offer more tools in the future.

Meymo Lyons reports...

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