During this time of the year, hurricane preparedness is a must, and for most of us we hope for the best but plan for the worst. Food supplies, family preparedness plans, property resilience from threat of the elements; all essential tasks to undertake. With such a list to manage; we felt the need to assist with the awareness needed to take on life during and after any devastating wrath of nature from an IT perspective. So here we go… these Tips represent a summary compilation of ICT best practices for persons facing the affects of a hurricane.
Keep your Mobile device charged.
If power goes out, you’ll need a Plan B. A portable charger/car charger and/or an extra battery will help. When phone not in use, Airplane mode can help conserve battery life. Be sure to check your device regularly as loved ones may be trying to reach you.
Keep your Loved ones informed.
Prior to the weather activity, coordinate a date/time for check ins. This will alert others in the event of loss of connectivity. Please ensure that you make adequate provisions to have your mobile charged to prevent undue panic. Assist elderly family members by programming Emergency Numbers into speed dial for convenience. Practice emergency plans in advance. Location-based services like Navigator and FamilyMap can be used.
Keep devices dry.
Water is the biggest threat to your device during a hurricane. Store it in a waterproof case or another type of protective covering.
Limit non-emergency phone calls.
This reduces the strain on the network and allows emergency networks to get information faster. Be concise with your information and keep phone calls brief. Where possible, the use of SMS is beneficial as it has a smaller network footprint and more likely to go through. Knowing the location of any available Landline is important.
During an emergency, text messages will go through with more reliability; than voice calls because they require fewer network resources. Even if a response is not immediately sent back to you, at the very least family and friends will know you are alright.
Make sure all family members contact information has been saved to your phone. In the event of crisis, panic can set in, so having the certainty of knowing the contact numbers for all you care for most may seem small but will be one less thing to think about. Also include national emergency contact numbers and email addresses into your phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station, local radio stations and hospitals
Record Areas of Most Damage.
Use your camera phone to document insurance claims. Take photos and video of damage and provide it to your carrier. Again this will not be something you consider as the hostility of the storm happens; but during the subsequent days, weeks and months having these records will come in handy.
Times are changing from a societal aspect and we must adapt in order to make the best possible decision, when having the right tools available. Be safe out there guys!