Hurricane Sandy: “Text Don’t Call”

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  • Wireless providers are asking citizens in Hurricane Sandy’s path to text, don’t call.

    Cell phone experts believe that texting as opposed to calling can help customers save battery life as well as keep the network from getting congested. If customers have to take or place a call, they recommend keeping the conversation short.

    “Limit non-emergency calls to save battery power and free up wireless networks for emergency workers and operations and send brief text messages instead,” Verizon Wireless advised. “When the network gets busy, texts have a higher chance of getting through the first time and can be more efficient.”

    Other cell phone providers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint offer similar advice:

    -Place cell phones, cell phone accessories and chargers in a plastic bag to avoid water damage.

    -Add and store emergency contacts, email addresses, and a list of emergency agencies such as the fire department, police and other rescue agencies in your phone.

    -In case of an evacuation, forward calls from work or home to your cell phone.

    -Use your cell phone camera to take “before” pictures of your home and valuables in case damage occurs.

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