8 Things You Can Do Now!
Following an extremely active hurricane season in the U.S. last year, the forecast for 2018 is predicted to be more of the same.
Sprint is hard at work taking measures to prepare the network for the season. We’re investing in new cell site equipment, batteries and generators in an effort to help keep customers connected during a natural disaster. Be sure you’re also ready this upcoming season. For Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12), Sprint is sharing some of its best pre-storm wireless tips to help get customers ready to weather upcoming storms with peace of mind.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
1. Have you made a disaster kit yet? In addition to flashlights, food and first aid kits, it’s also handy to include portable charging devices, such as car adapters, wireless and battery chargers, and waterproof cases and backup batteries.
2. Are all of your emergency phone numbers programmed into your mobile device? Good ones to include are police, fire and rescue, medical services, friends and family. And, as an extra precaution - write these numbers down on paper, seal it in a plastic bag, and keep it in a safe place in the event your device loses power.
3. Get started now by subscribing to emergency and critical communications alerts from your local and state government agencies, and weather stations that cover forecasts for your area.
4. Have multiple ways to stay informed. Download storm apps from the Red Cross and FEMA which can provide helpful resources for local area outreach, such as shelter finders and emergency meeting location information.
Do These, if Nothing Else
5. Commercial power loss during or after a storm can happen so remember to always keep your wireless devices charged when possible. It’s also a good idea to have additional batteries and car-chargers for back-up.
6. Use text messaging when possible due to high call volumes and possible network congestion in the local area.
7. Flooding is unfortunately a concern with major weather events like hurricanes. Have a range of different-sized plastic, re-sealable bags on hand to store all of your technology items and make sure everything is charged in advance.
8. Stay informed before, during and after a major weather event by following @Sprint, @SprintCare and @SprintNews, as well as your local Sprint handles on Twitter. Also, visit the Sprint Newsroom or our Community Page for regular updates. We will make it our priority to keep our customers up-to-date with alerts and information on our network.