Mother nature can be a pain. She’s incredibly unpredictable and can wreak havoc on our communities and our lives. In today’s post, we want to give some tips on what to do to help protect your tech during natural disasters! With the proper storm prep, your devices will not be damaged!
Charge All Devices
When you get the warning of severe weather, it is a good idea to start charging your devices. Charge everything up to 100% and turn off the things you don’t always need. If you are without power for an extended period, your laptop can charge your phones.
Charge Backup Batteries
If you have any battery packs, charge them as well. These can help during extended power outages by keeping your device on. This is especially important in the event of emergencies during severe weather.
Surge Protectors & Battery Backups
Unplug any equipment you have connected to outlets during severe weather. Power surges can fry all matter of devices, even if they are plugged into a surge protector. If you need to leave specific devices on, plug them into a battery backup that way if you lose power, you will still be able to shut them down properly.
Backup & Sync
Turn on any backup programs you have on your phones, tablets, or computers. Many cloud backups require an Internet connection. If a backup has not been completed in some time, it may take a while for it to be complete. Plan and start backup procedures as soon as you can to help ensure no loss of data. Cloud backups are great because, in the worst-case scenario, your home or office is destroyed, the data is safe.
Get A Copy Of Essential Data
We also recommend downloading important information locally – on a flash drive or external hard drive. Grab any critical files you may need that way if you have to evacuate; you will have a copy with you.
There is a chance where you will have power but are still stuck at home due to unsafe conditions outside. Flooding, debris, and wind will make it challenging to move around. In this scenario, make sure you have things to keep yourself entertained. Download audiobooks, podcasts, movies, or other media to keep you entertained. Having physical books or board games can also help pass the time.
Switch Off Non-Essential Apps
Turn off data use for non-essential apps. This can help extend the phone’s battery by quite a bit. Leave data turned on for your communication (like email), news, and weather apps. Everything else is not essential.
If you do have to evacuate and you cannot take your electronics. Power down and unplug everything. Put your devices on the high ground like tables or counters. Cover with plastic sheeting or tarp to help prevent water exposure in the event of leaks.
As always, stay safe during a storm. Follow your local official’s recommendations.
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