Verizon is Prepared for Storm Damage

Verizon is Prepared for Storm Damage

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Verizon is prepared for any storm damage Karen were to bring to the gulf coast.

Here is a press release from Verizon:

With Tropical Storm Karen expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast this weekend, Verizon Wireless is supplying residents with the tools to wirelessly prepare their families for a possible storm ahead.

“Preparation is vital for staying safe in emergencies. Using wireless devices to maintain contact with family and emergency services is critical during severe weather situations,” said Krista Bourne, president - Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless.Our hope is that local families will use these tips to prepare as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the Gulf Coast.”

Download These Apps Now

  • Download applications that can make disaster recovery efforts easier. Examples include:
    • Disaster Prep and Checklist (iPhone) – Provides a means to collect necessary information on your phone including disaster kit checklists, family emergency plan forms, basic CPR and first aid information.
    • Document Scanner (Android) – Scans documents (like insurance policies) with phone camera, converting them to PDFs and allows users to later access them from their devices through email, Dropbox and Google Docs.
    • Flashlight (Android & iPhone) – Uses your phone’s camera flash to emit bright light.
    • Hurricane Tracker (iPhone) – Provides detailed information to stay up-to-date on hurricanes including over 50 satellite images and radar, bulletins from the National Hurricane Center and push notifications.
    • S.O.S. by American Red Cross (iPhone) – Provides emergency care protocols and guides, by the American Red Cross and Dr. Oz.
  • Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged – in case local power is lost – well before warnings are issued. Have a backup battery handy, in the event you cannot get to a local Verizon Wireless communications store for a complimentary post-storm charge. The myCharge Summit 3000 allows you to charge up to three devices at once, all on a built-in, fully rechargeable battery. In case local power is lost for multiple days, SolarSmart is a solar charging panel that will keep wireless phone batteries fully charged.
  • Program emergency phone numbers into your phone – police, fire, and rescue agencies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers; etc.
  • Consider purchasing your own personal mobile hotspot to have instant access to the internet even if power outages occur. A Mobile Hotspot provides a Wi-Fi signal for up to 10 devices.
  • If you do not have a mobile device, consider purchasing a prepaid phone to use if needed during or after a disaster.

Tips To Maximize Wireless Devices During Severe Weather

When a storm strikes or threatens the area:

  • Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you will be away from your home or have to evacuate.
  • Send brief text messages rather than voice calls, to preserve available networks for emergency personnel.
  • Change settings so that mobile devices aren’t using unnecessary data.
  • Use your wireless device to help find shelter and remain updated with these applications:
    • American Red Cross: Shelter View (iPhone) – Maps shelter locations and details across the United States.
    • Disaster Alert (iPhone and Android) – Features an interactive map that lists “disaster hazards” around the globe in real-time including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and volcanoes. 
    • FEMA (Android) – Provides information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations (one-stop centers where disaster survivors can access key relief services) and shelters.

For more information on hurricane preparedness tips from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

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(Editor’s Note: To accompany a Verizon Wireless Test Man, tour a network emergency command center, or obtain broadcast-quality video B-roll and still images of emergency preparations, contact Gretchen Whitaker at 713-219-8028).

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 100.1 million retail customers, including 94.3 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center at http://news.verizonwireless.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNews

 
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