Emergencies are unpredictable, but here are some simple tips to follow so you – and your wireless devices – are prepared.
- Save emergency numbers (doctors, vets, family, friends, etc.) on ALL wireless devices. By doing so, you’ll know you have the contact information needed, even if your device is lost or runs out of power.
- Keep your wireless devices and chargers close and safe from the elements. If a hurricane or flooding is possible, consider sealing the extra batteries or chargers in a waterproof bag.
- Safety first. You may be tempted to film or photograph an unusual situation, but don’t! Stay away from dangerous situations.
- Limit non-emergency communications to texts, not voice calls. Disasters may challenge networks, so limit your non-emergency communications to texts, not voice calls. This will help first responders and911 callers so they may communicate with each other. If you need 911 services and it is safe for you to do so, remember that voice calls are preferred, not texts.
- Save your battery. If you lose power, turn off superfluous applications (such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) and minimize usage and your screen’s brightness. If you would need 911, you want to make sure your device has power.
Check out the rest of the “E.M.E.R.G.E.N.C.Y.” tips and suggestions on how to extend your battery life.