6 Ways to Prepare Your Devices for a Power Outage Before Extreme Weather Comes
What do you do to prepare for emergency weather situations that could leave your family without power?
From snowstorms, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, thunderstorms, and other weather emergencies happen throughout the year. While it’s important to have nonperishables ready just in case, it’s also just as important to ensure that you’re tech ready. Have your emergency essentials ready but also take some time to do the following:
- Fully charge your digital devices. Plug in cell phones, portable gaming systems, tablets, and laptops- especially those with CD/DVD players to entertain kids once they get tired of playing outside.
- Charge portable power supplies that can work to power your cell phones. It’s always good to have reserve power for your cell phone in case you can’t use your land line. Portable chargers such as iGo’s Charge Anywhere, PowerStick, and chargers from Duracell provide peace of mind that you’ll be able to receive calls and won’t just be stuck with a dead phone.
- Disable off cell phone apps that will drain the battery faster. In a storm, it’s important to conserve. Limit your social media use. Post an update to Facebook to alert your network that you’re ok but constantly checking your phone for mail or updates from friends via Twitter or pictures on Instagram will drain your battery quickly.
- Plug in or unplug by plugging in to a universal power supply (UPS) with battery backup. This ensures that your home electronics are protected against surges in power and you have time to save the items you may be working on your computer. For any high value items that aren’t plugged into a UPS, unplug them from the wall so they won’t get fried when the power comes back on.
- Test your flashlights and battery powered lights. This helps avoid fumbling around in the dark or dimly lit spaces, trying to locate and replace dead batteries in flashlights when the power goes out. Knowing that everything works provides peace of mind that I can grab a working flashlight as soon as the power goes out.
- Enlist your kids. Kids who help with some of the preparation are more mentally ready for what may come.
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