Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season
After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season

After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.

First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.

Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. 

Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.

Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.

Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Using Technology to Fight the Flu

Cold and flu season is in full swing across the Northeast and hitting harder than usual. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this season, it’s not too late, as annual flu vaccinations are among the best defenses against the virus.  
Verizon Wireless was among several businesses to be recognized recently for its health promotion and flu prevention programs. If you’re looking to prevent the flu this season or to quickly treat the illness, your smartphone provides several options to help.
The first step of preventing the flu is to be ready before it spreads among family, friends and coworkers. HealthMap is an app that provides real-time outbreak information in your area with an interactive map and alerts. If the flu is unavoidable and you find yourself in need of medical care, download ZocDoc to locate a physician. To treat a cold or flu that does not require medical attention, WebMD offers an app that includes a symptom tracker and tips on treatment, local health listings and information on first-aid essentials. Don’t forget to get plenty of rest, exercise, eat a balanced diet and wash your hands frequently!

Using Technology to Fight the Flu

Cold and flu season is in full swing across the Northeast and hitting harder than usual. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this season, it’s not too late, as annual flu vaccinations are among the best defenses against the virus. 

Verizon Wireless was among several businesses to be recognized recently for its health promotion and flu prevention programs. If you’re looking to prevent the flu this season or to quickly treat the illness, your smartphone provides several options to help.

The first step of preventing the flu is to be ready before it spreads among family, friends and coworkers. HealthMap is an app that provides real-time outbreak information in your area with an interactive map and alerts. If the flu is unavoidable and you find yourself in need of medical care, download ZocDoc to locate a physician. To treat a cold or flu that does not require medical attention, WebMD offers an app that includes a symptom tracker and tips on treatment, local health listings and information on first-aid essentials. Don’t forget to get plenty of rest, exercise, eat a balanced diet and wash your hands frequently!

Use Your Smartphone to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

The pre-Halloween weather monster that forecasters are calling “Frankenstorm” is headed for the East Coast next week. Are you prepared for Hurricane Sandy? Here are some apps to help you plan ahead and be safe:

·      The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created an all-inclusive disaster preparedness app. After downloading, users can access detailed information on how to stay safe in a disaster, create an emergency kit checklist, and find a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations.

·      The WeatherBug Protect app detects conditions in a user’s exact location and automatically generates alerts so a user can decide whether to vacate the area or take other precautions.

·      In case of an emergency situation, the American Red Cross First Aid app can provide step-by-step guides to handling everything from cuts to broken bones.

By turning your smartphone into emergency-ready devices, you can proactively prepare to protect yourself and your loved ones.

In the wake of Wednesday’s tornadoes and severe weather in Western Massachusetts, Verizon Wireless deployed additional resources to augment wireless communication, network capacity and coverage in and around Springfield, MA. In response to requests, the Verizon Wireless Crisis Response Team has:

-Delivered six mobile power generators for use by local police and fire departments, as well as FEMA

-Distributed 45 mobile handsets to local police and fire departments

-Added call handling capacity to several exiting cell sites in the areas most affected

-Recharged resident’s cell phones inside local Communications Stores