Just like Hurricane Ilene in 2011, It’s unavoidable. For residents off the Mid-Atlantic (including DC, New Jersey & New York City) – Hurricane Sandy is an unreasonable force of Mother Nature not to be reckoned with. With expected wind gusts of over 100MPH, coastal flooding and more – both New York and New Jersey has ultimately declared a state of emergency. Your smartphone is much more than a mobile device for voice conversations, using it efficiently could keep you safe in times of emergencies. If you’re reading this, chances are that you still have residential / commercial power and you have time to implement these ‘Five Mobile Tips Guaranteed To Keep You Prepared During Emergencies’ below…
#HurricaneSandy Tip #1 – If you don’t have a wireless hotspot on your smartphone yet, you may want to make that call NOW… (This week’s productivity may depend on it…)
#HurricaneSandy Tip #2 – Make sure to charge all laptops, smartphones, tablets & battery packs completely today — who knows if we’ll have power tomorrow…
#HurricaneSandy Tip #3 – Portable chargers like Mophie, MyCharge and Duracell Powermat are great charging alternatives for your mobile device in case you lose power…
#HurricaneSandy Tip #4 – Download a flashlight app on your smartphone NOW (remember that you can use the video feature on your smartphone w/ flash on in an emergency too). If the lights go out, you don’t want to be left in the dark.
#HurricaneSandy Tip #5 – Turn all the location service options on your phone ON! (in case of emergency, it’ll be a lot easier for friends/family to locate you while in need!) Try using Apple’s “Find My iPhone” app for free. It’ll keep tabs and location on your iPhone, iPad and MacBook!
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#HurricaneSandy Tip #6 – Got homeowners/renters insurance? Take photos/video (via smartphone) of your home intact now, in case you need proof for a claim later. #Sandy
#HurricaneSandy Tip #7 – In case of emergency, conserve battery life & ease network congestion by limiting voice calls (keep them short) & sending text messages instead.
#HurricaneSandy Tip #8 – Sign up for mobile alerts to stay in the know in case of emergency - http://www.nyalert.gov/
For more tips, stay tuned to our feed on Facebook.com/DivasandDorks – Good Luck & Stay Safe!
Okay East Coasters, by now you’ve heard from President Obama and your local government authorities about the impending damage that Irene is bringing your way, now it’s time to react.
Do you have a “Go Bag”?
Create your ‘Go Bag’ and Emergency Supply Kit
A “Go Bag” is a collection of items you may need in case of an emergency evacuation. Every person in the house should have a “Go Bag” stocked and readily accessible in case you have to leave your home or office in a hurry. Your best option for the bag itself is a backpack, which leaved hands free so you can carry a flashlight, a cell phone, or hold the hand of a loved one. A backpack on wheels or a rolling suitcase is a good alternative.
In wake of any impending disaster or in this case Hurrican Irene, here’s your must have list of items & gadgets to have packed in your emergency supply kit.
Your “Go Bag” should contain:
- Copies of your important documents in a waterproof Ziploc bags. Insurance cards, ID, proof of address, special family photos.
- Extra house and car keys
- Credit and ATM cards
- Cash. Carry about $50 to $100 in small denominations (just in case).
- Bottled water and nonperishable food. Energy and granola bars are good options.
- At least one flashlight and extra batteries. (LED flashlights are more durable and last 10 times longer than traditional ones.)
- A manual radio or battery-operated radio. Manual radios often have cell phone charging features, solar power options, flashlight, siren and compass.
Coby CX50 Compact AM/FM Radio with Digital Display
- Medical: Keep a list of medications for each family member, why they take it and the dosage. Pack along any extra medication, if you have it.
- Extra eyeglasses, if you have them.
- First Aid kit
- Waterproof matches, Swiss Army knife, Sharpie markers to write ID info on children, rain ponchos, thermal blankets, extra socks and undies.
- Feminine hygiene items, diapers, if you need them.
- Small map of the region
- Items to relieve anxiety: Playing cards are a good way to keep occupied – no batteries needed.