Emergency preparation contacts and safety tips from Verizon

As bad weather approaches, Verizon engineers and technicians are busily preparing the network to ensure you can connect when you need to most.

Significant weather conditions can affect your ability to get out and about, cause property damage, and in many cases power outages. Whether we get two inches or two feet of snow, heavy winds or rain, the Verizon network is ready.

Backup batteries and generators on Verizon’s network are ready to keep you connected

Verizon’s Operations teams continue to closely monitor severe weather’s impact and will deploy our engineers to the hardest hit areas as needed. Since our network facilities rely on power to deliver service, our backup batteries and generators at these facilities have been tested and fueled to keep power flowing and customers connected in case of prolonged commercial power outages. In addition, Verizon’s disaster recovery fleet of emergency vehicles stands ready for deployment.

Tips for staying connected during extreme weather

  • Store phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. Simple zip-lock storage bags will shield devices, and there are many weatherproof phones, cases and other protective accessories available.
  • Keep phone and tablet batteries fully charged starting today in case local power is lost.
  • Review the winter storm checklist and power outage checklist from the American Red Cross.
  • Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for backup power.
  • 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.
  • Use your tablet to photograph and catalogue your valuables and other household belongings for possible insurance claims.
  • Choose from hundreds of free weather-, news- and safety-related apps and services for smartphones and tablets, the American Red Cross app, Weather: Universal Forecast, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, and NOAA Now and other mobile resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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