Your Smartphone, now almost ubiquitous in our culture, can be a lifeline in a disaster or emergency. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says make it part of your disaster plan…
For Smartphone users, incorporating the devices into emergency plans can save lives. If you don’t use texting regularly, familiarize yourself with your phone’s texting functions. Text messages consume less battery and often get through when wireless networks are overwhelmed. And you can broadcast a single text update to many contacts at once, further conserving battery power. Save copies of important documents and insurance information in the Cloud or on your Smartphone in case they aren’t accessible in a disaster. Keep the battery full and have an extra on hand, and consider a solar powered charger in case power is out for an extended period. In a disaster, limit non-emergency calls to reduce demand on wireless networks. Incorporate these tips into your emergency plan; it could save a life.
To prepare for a local disaster, remember, you can put Z107.7 local emergency coverage right on your Smartphone by going to your app store and searching “KCDZ” and downloading the free app.