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2019 Hurricane Season Prep Tips To Help You Stay Connected During a Disaster

June 1 marks the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season. Cricket Wireless is prepared, and we want to make sure our customers are, too.

For our part, we know our customers rely on us to stay connected—especially during major storms.  We continually work to improve our networks and practice readiness drills and simulations throughout the year, particularly in storm-prone areas.  We’re also prepared with a variety of response equipment ready to go.

Just as we’ve been preparing, we encourage our customers and residents to do the same. Following are a few communication tips to help you stay connected should a severe storm strike in your area:

  • Save your smartphone’s battery life. In case of a power outage, extend your device’s battery life by putting it in power-save mode, turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, deleting apps, or putting your phone in Airplane Mode. This may prevent you from using certain features but will ultimately save battery power.
  • Keep your mobile devices charged. Be sure to have another way to charge your smartphone if the power goes out.  A car charger or back-up battery pack can come in handy. If you have multiple devices to keep charged, consider a multi-port back-up battery pack.
  • Keep your mobile devices dry. Mobile phones can be a critical lifeline during a storm. To protect yours, store it in a water-resistant case, floating waterproof case or plastic bag.
  • Back up important information and protect vital documents. Back up insurance papers, medical information and the like to the Cloud or your computer. With cloud storage, you can access your data from any connected device.
  • Have a family communications plan. Choose someone out of the area as a central contact in case your family is separated. Most importantly, practice your emergency plan.
  • Store emergency contacts in your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station, hospital, and family members.