During and after Hurricane Irene, voice data networks may be busy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that you let friends and family know your status by sending a text, e-mail, or updating social media sites.
If you do need to make a phone call, keep it brief to free up “space” on the network for emergency communications and to conserve battery power, if you are using a wireless phone.
Also, wait 10 seconds before redialing a call on wireless devices. On many handsets, you simply push “send” after you’ve ended a call to redial the previous number. If you do this too quickly, there’s not enough time for the data to clear and it contributes to a clogged network.
Hurricane season started this month, and it is important to be ready for the worst if you live in an area that can be affected by hurricanes. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting six to ten hurricanes this season and half of them are predicted to be a Category 3 or above. Make sure you and your family are ready with these tips from FEMA:
Create an Emergency Kit:
Look around your house ahead of time to know what things should be in an emergency kit such as a flashlight, first aid kit and water and food for up to three days. Get a full list of recommended items at www.ready.gov.
Discuss a Communication Plan:
When a hurricane strikes, you may not be with your family. Having a plan ahead of time will allow for less panic during a storm. Decide on a way of communication, where you will meet and make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
The National Hurricane Center can help you track storms online or on your mobile device. Stay alert to know what is coming your way.
Be prepared for hurricane season with more tips from Ready.gov.