Extreme weather and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods and snow storms, unexpectedly disrupt our lives and threaten our safety, affecting our ability to travel while causing property damage and power outages. 

No matter the circumstances, Verizon’s networks are ready. Verizon works hard to prepare our network to ensure you can connect when you need to most with a strong network, backup batteries, backup generators, a fleet of disaster response vehicles and a team ready to run to a crisis.

Here are some tips and tools to help you be ready and stay connected during extreme weather:

Keep devices dry.

Store phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other electronic devices in a dry, accessible location. Plastic zipper storage bags can shield devices, and you can be proactive with waterproof phones, phone cases and other accessories available.

Keep devices fully charged.

Plan ahead by keeping phone and tablet batteries fully charged in case local power is lost.

Get some backup.

Keep spare batteries charged up to provide backup power and have car chargers on hand in case you need to evacuate.

Review checklists.

Review the hurricane preparedness checklistpower outage checklist and other resources from the American Red Cross.

Create an emergency contacts list.

Maintain a list of emergency numbers–police and fire departments; power and insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; etc.–and program them into your wireless devices before an emergency arises.

Update your records.

Use your tablet to photograph and catalogue your valuables and other household belongings for possible insurance claims.

Download useful apps.

Hundreds of free weather, news and safety-related apps and services are available through your device’s app store. These include several apps from the American Red Cross for iOS and Android, mobile weather reports from the National Weather Service, and many, many more.