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Prepare for Storms with an Emergency Communications Plan

February 26, 2015 2:09 am

Having access to technology is always a concern for those faced with a storm or power outage, but an emergency communications plan can help. To assuage any fears about losing important information if your device is lost or damage in a storm, the experts at Verizon Wireless first recommend stocking up on cloud storage to save your contacts on a secure server.

To stay connected, Verizon also suggests that users prepare ahead of time by:
  • Maintaining a list of emergency numbers – police and fire agencies, power and insurance companies, family, friends and co-workers, etc. – and programming them into your wireless devices before an emergency arises.
  • Keeping phone and tablet batteries fully charged well before warnings are issued.
  • Distributing wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
During a storm or power outage, Verizon advises:
  • Keeping phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. Simple zip-lock storage bags will shield devices. Alternatively, consider purchasing a waterproof phone, case or other protective accessory.
  • Having additional charged batteries and car charger adapters available for back-up power. Numerous chargers, including solar-powered devices, make it easy to stay powered up.
  • Sending brief text messages rather than voice calls.
  • Limiting non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations.
Source: Verizon Wireless

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Budgeting for Winter Home Maintenance

February 26, 2015 2:09 am

Extreme cold and record-setting snow can take a harsh financial toll on homeowners. Many residents are burdened with extra costs associated with everything from snow and ice removal, shovels, salt and sand to home repairs due to ice dams and leaking roofs.

To combat those financial challenges, American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) urges homeowners to create an emergency winter weather budget to manage expected and unforeseen expenses related to your home and snow and ice removal. Just as important, do your research and find potential contractors and services in advance. Go online and research local companies that conduct snow and ice removal. Get quotes ahead of time before crisis strikes and demand explodes.

In addition, seek advice from professionals on prevention measures such as gutter cleaning, heating cables and roof salt bags. Basic necessities such as shovels, salt, roof rakes and plows can be cheaper in the summer, so consider getting a head start and purchasing them in the offseason. Online searches for used snow removal equipment such as snow plows can also yield major savings.

Source: ACCC

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