Southern Californians are spoiled with sunshine, beaches and picturesque mountains. From time to time, we experience earthquakes and brownouts—what if mother nature surprised us with more?
Preparing for the unknown may be at the bottom of your to-do list, but a meticulously packed bag with emergency items, including must-have gadgets, can be a lifesaver.
Here’s a list from Verizon Wireless that offers suggestions as to which tech gadgets and accessories can help prepare you for unexpected events.
In instances where local power is lost, keep phone and tablet batteries fully charged with an external power source like the mophie powerstation plus and car changers on hand. This will allow you to stay connected with emergency contacts and updated on local news.
Do you have emergency contacts programmed to your phone? Maintain a list of emergency numbers, such as local police and fire agencies; power and insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; and program them into your wireless devices before an emergency arises.
It’s also extremely useful to use a free service, such as Verizon Cloud, which provides 5GB of data storage, to save your contacts and other important information on a secure server in case your phone or tablet is lost or damaged. This will allow you to access from any computer, tablet or available smartphone.
Choose from hundreds of free weather, news, and safety-related apps and services for smartphones and tablets. Some of which include the American Red Cross app, Weather: Universal Forecast, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, and NOAA Now and other mobile resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA provides alerts on mainland storms and severe thunderstorms.
Additionally, in the event of an emergency or disaster, Verizon deploys Cells On Wheels (COWs), Cells On Light Trucks (COLTs), Cellular Repeaters On Wheels (CROWs) and Generators On A Trailer (GOATs) at locations hit by any event to bring extra needed wireless capacity. All in all, what this means is Verizon Wireless boosts the call-handling capacity of existing cell sites to enhance its network when there is a natural disaster or other unplanned event.
Have we inspired you to put together your emergency kit? Tell us which items are your go-t0.