Make certain that every member of your family knows how to text from a variety of styles of cell phones. My children have learned to text from a traditional flip phone (push 2 once for 'a', twice for 'b', etc.) They can also use a messaging phone (traditional keyboard) and my iPhone (touchscreen). Did you know you can text from many email and web-based programs? Many senior adults may need help feeling comfortable using a cell phone and texting. (My parents enjoy texting with their grandchildren, and I know it keeps them in practice.) In an emergency we may not be thinking clearly, so practicing often helps to solidify the how-to text process in our minds.
But I believe we live in a world where no one needs to suffer from malnutrition and starvation or from the disease that unsanitary water inevitably brings. I believe that there is enough food, work, jobs, and money to go around. Many less privileged nations have already begun the difficult work to bring their economy up out of the depths, giving a better life and greater choices to millions of people living in desperate situations.