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Verizon Offers Hurricane Readiness Tips...

Wed Sep 1, 2010 - 8:53 PM EDT - By Annie Latham

With Hurricane Earl approaching, Verizon Wireless has issued a statement that includes suggestions to help customers prepare.

> Have additional charged wireless batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power

> Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged - in case local power is lost - well before warnings are issued

> Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location

> Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers - police, fire, and rescue agencies; power companies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers; etc. - and program them into your phone

> Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends

> Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate

> For smartphone users, download in advance useful apps like "Flashlight.'

Once a severe storm begins to hit, the company also urges the following actions:

> Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations.

> Send brief text messages rather than voice calls for the same reasons as above.

> Check weather and news reports with wireless phone applications like "WeatherBug" to get the latest storm news on the go, and when power is out

Verizon also has a video on Emergency Preparedness with helpful tips.


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