Your cellphone, smartphone and/or tablet can be an invaluable tool for you and your family during an emergency. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your wireless devices are ready when needed:
- Add emergency numbers on every device: By adding those numbers to other devices, you’ll still have access to those contacts if your device is lost or the battery dies.
- Charge your device and keep it dry: In anticipation of a storm or other emergency, make sure your devices and backup batteries are charged and on hand. Be sure to store your devices, batteries and chargers in a dry, cool and accessible location. If a storm is expected, keeping these devices, accessories and extra batteries in a waterproof container may be best.
- Text, don’t call. If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately. But if you can, send a text message to your friends and loved ones instead of calling to increase your chance of communicating with others. During a disaster, a high amount of traffic, including calls and data, often clogs networks. Remember that features such as GPS, video, picture messaging and voice activation have practical safety applications during an emergency.
Remember when using your device during an emergency that safety is your number one priority. It may be tempting to take pictures or video of the storm, but use your best judgment and stay in a safe place.
For more wireless emergency preparedness tips, visit EmergencyWireless.org.