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Verizon Wireless Helps Customers Prepare for Emergencies

Verizon Emergency Tips Verizon Wireless Helps Customers Prepare for Emergencies

As the 2009 hurricane season kicks into gear, Verizon Wireless has published some tips to help users deal with extreme weather, natural disasters and other emergencies.

Here is a brief summary of their suggestions and I think they are actually good advise:

  • Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged – in case local power is lost – well before warnings are issued.
  • Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power.
  • Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers, including police, fire, and rescue agencies; insurance providers; and family, friends and co-workers, programmed into your phone.
  • Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  • Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you will be away from your home or have to evacuate.

If a storm already is striking or threatening, Verizon Wireless suggests these tips:

  • 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/news reports available on wireless phone applications when power is out.

Apparently Verizon Wireless recognized that during an emergency, continued cellular service is critical and they have been been spending large sums of money to improve their ability to provide wireless service during times of emergency.

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Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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