In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, emergency response efforts continue for hard-hit locations and cleanup is beginning up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Even after the storm has passed, your wireless device is an important resource for staying alert and obtaining up-to-date information on relief efforts and resources.
Here are some tips for using your wireless device after the storm:
- Continue to limit non-emergency calls to save battery power and free up wireless networks for emergency workers and operations and send brief text messages instead. When the network gets busy, texts have a higher chance of getting through the first time and can be more efficient.
- Access websites such as the Emergency Information Center and FEMA as well as other local online resources from your smartphone or tablet for information on emergency communication resources and battery charging stations.
- Download apps from aid and relief organizations such as the American Red Cross’ app for first-aid information and shelter locations in your area.
- Utilize social media tools like Twitter and Facebook not only as a method to communicate and alert contacts of your status and location but also to follow government agencies for official updates if you’re without power.
- Use your device’s camera to take, send, and store photos and video of damaged property to send to an insurance agency. Uploading photos with services such as Verizon Wireless Backup Assistant Plus can ensure you have them even if your device is lost or damaged.
Staying connected and informed is an important first step to safety and recovery in times of disaster. For additional tips on what to do after the hurricane to continue to keep you and your family safe, visit Ready.gov.