Before the Event
Wireless calls travel over airwaves to another phone, and just like radios, they can be obstructed by conditions outside. You can maximize your wireless service during an emergency situation by being prepared and following a few simple tips.
- Program all of your emergency contact numbers into your cell phone, including the police department, fire station, hospital and family members. You don't want to have to search for these important numbers during or after an emergency.
- Make sure that those who need your wireless number have it.
- Have a family communications plan in place. Designate someone out of the area as a central contact, and be sure all family members know who to contact if they become separated.
- Keep your wireless phone and back-up batteries charged at all times. Have an alternate plan to recharge your batteries in case of power outages. For example, you can charge with a car charger, or use a disposable cell phone battery.
- Keep extra phones and accessories in a sealed plastic bag to avoid water damage.
- Use the camera feature on your phone to take and store photos of your property so that you have a record of the condition of your property before any type of emergency event.
- Have a least one corded phone in your home. Corded phones may still work even if the power goes out.
- Remember, weather updates are available from most cell phones.
Updated April 2013