GET TECH READY FOR STORMS
Technology has made it easier than ever to prepare for emergencies, but it can be unreliable during emergency circumstances if you haven't planned to keep your gadgets protected and powered up. Here are some tips to make sure you are tech ready:
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you'll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family text group, as well as a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find. Visit ready.gov/ make-a-plan for a complete communication plan guide.
Before a disaster, follow local government, emergency managment agencies and Randolph EMC on social media to stay up to date with information before, during, and after a disaster. Randolph's Electric MC's mobile app has links to our social sites and outage map and you'll automatically receive texts from us if your mobile number is listed in your account.
Use text messages, social media and email to connect with friends and family during emergencies. Mobile networks can become overwhelmed during emergencies, so using channels that require less bandwidth can be more reliable during situations when many people are trying to use their mobile phones at the same time.
Have an emergency charging option for your phone and other mobile devices. Make sure that all of your electronic devices are fully charged before storms hit. If the power goes out, preserve battery power by minimizing use and switching to low power or airplane mode. Keep a back-up power source on hand to recharge your phone so that you can stay connected even during an extended power outage.