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Wireless devices help users prepare for hurricane season

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - Communication is key during disasters and with hurricane season approaching, wireless devices can help users stay on top of weather updates as well as keep in touch with family and friends. Verizon Wireless offers some tips on how you can prepare for hurricane season:

  • Use your phone's camera to snap images of your belongings, which can be helpful for insurance purposes. A 32 GB memory card has enough capacity to store a large number of photos of the interior and exterior of your home and car. Photos can also be saved to online file storage sites like the Verizon Cloud.
  • Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in plastic bags in dry, accessible locations.
  • Have a car charger available to charge devices while on the road. If the power goes out at home, SolarSmart is a solar charging panel that uses the power of the sun to charge a wide variety of smart devices.
  • Set up all social media and email accounts for you, your family and friends on all wireless phones, tablets and other devices as a method of communication and means to alert contacts of your status and location.

If you encounter extreme conditions, it's essential to be efficient in your communications. Here are some tips for communicating during an emergency situation:

  • When communicating with family during an emergency situation, send brief text messages rather than voice calls. Text messages are likely to go through more quickly during a crisis.
  • There are various apps that can put essential information at your fingertips. For example, American Red Cross' hurricane app allows you to monitor conditions in your area or throughout a storm's path, prepare your family and home, find help, and let others know you are safe even when the power is out. 
  • In extreme conditions, establish an "on air" time as part of your emergency communications plan during which you power up your wireless devices to take calls or messages during designated times.

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