Prepare for Storms using Technology
Written by Staff Writer • Posted on Oct 06, 2016
The changing of seasons brings some of the worst weather. Protect your family using technology to track storms and breaking news, as well as save precious memories with digital back up.
Here are our tips for emergency preparedness:
Be in the Know with Weather Apps
The Weather Channel is a real-time weather application with detailed weather maps, forecasts and current conditions.
Why we love it: The Weather Channel pushes National Service notifications for severe weather, as well as a Hurricane Central channel with storm safety and preparedness tips.Android: 4.3 stars Apple: 4.5 stars Download for free in Google Play and iTunes
AccuWeather is a detailed weather application with a five-day forecast, as well as a daily breakdown with temperature, humidity, wind speed and many other features.
Why we love it: AccuWeather has a localized minute-by-minute rain forecast making it easy to determine when it’s safe to drive, or if it’s best to stay inside.Android: 4.3 stars Apple: 4.5 stars Download for free in Google Play and iTunes
Storm is a severe weather tracking application, which features a high definition interactive radar and up-to-date weather forecast and conditions.
Why we love it: Storm’s ultra-detailed maps display lightning in a 100 mile radius of your location, as well as map overlay features for earthquakes, fronts and tropical tracks.Android: 4.4 stars Apple: 4.5 stars Download for free in Google Play and iTunes
Take Care of Electronics
Lightning can strike near your home or power line, causing a surge of electricity to burn the conductor of the devices plugged in. That means that during a storm, it is best practice to completely unplug your television, computers, hair dryer and any other high-powered devices.
Using a surge protector limits the amount of voltage your devices can receive at one time, which could help keep most your favorite electronics safe, but is not always 100 percent.
Saving all your important files using online backup is an absolute must in case of a digital meltdown. Backing up your data means saving a copy to a secure, online storage system in case your device breaks or is compromised.
Bask partners with top-rated backup provider IDrive. Speak with a friendly Technology Advisor to learn more at (866) 515-4865 or by chat.
Using technology to track weather patterns and breaking news is advised, but don’t forget the non-digital steps of preparedness. Store an emergency supply kit with 72 hours of food and water in the safest part of your home. Have a contact roster on paper with local authorities, hospitals and utilities. Most importantly, ensure your family has a emergency and evacuation plan in place.