Earthquake Preparedness: 8 Simple Tips For Cell Phone Users In California

IRVINE, CA — Earthquakes and other natural disasters can strike at any time. Preparedness is key for individuals, families and businesses. On October 15, 2009, southern Californians will participate in The Great California ShakeOut to practice how to protect themselves during earthquakes, and get prepared at work, school, and home.

In preparation for The ShakeOut drill, Verizon Wireless offers the following cell phone tips in the event of earthquakes:

1. Know how to use call forwarding at home. If you have to evacuate, forward your home phone calls to your cell phone.2. Conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency response agencies by limiting non-emergency calls. 3. Keep a car-charger in your vehicle in case you must evacuate.4. Save emergency phone numbers in your cell phone for one-touch dialing. 5. Store back-up batteries for electronic devices, including your cell phone.6. Consider using text messages to communicate.7. Understand your cell phone's capabilities: e-mail, weather updates and news reports are all tools that can help after a disaster.8. Small business owners can help employees stay connected to the Internet, e-mail and company databases with high-speed data services for laptops.

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