Oklahomans know first-hand how the weather can transition from hot and dry, to windy to cold, or wet and hazardous in a matter of days. With such transient weather, preparation is key to surviving winter weather in case of an emergency – whether at home or on the road.
“It’s difficult to predict the rapidly changing weather of the Midwest, said Rich Wu, district manager for Verizon Wireless in central
Oklahoma. “Technology could help save a life, that’s why it is important that you invest in a wireless network that is proven to be strong and reliable, even during extreme weather events.”
Verizon Wireless and the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) encourage residents to take time to make preparations for your family’s safety in the event of a winter storm.
“While many Oklahomans are preparing for winter weather at home, it is also important to make sure you are prepared for winter road conditions” said Bobby Stem, executive director of the Association of General Contractors. “Road conditions can change so quickly when a storm hits, drivers need to be properly prepared and aware while driving during and after winter storms.”
The following suggestions are designed to help you and your family prepare:
Stock up on Supplies Now:
Take advantage of any pre-season sales for winter supplies, including extra mobile phone batteries and chargers for your home or car. Your smartphone or tablet can serve multiple purposes such as a providing a radio app for listening to local weather updates. Your smartphone is also your link to family members across town or across the state, providing a connection through phone calls, email, texts and even video calling over Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Put together a plan to let out-of-town friends and family know you’re safe when winter weather strikes.
In addition to the readily available apps from local TV stations, equip your smartphone with these useful apps for iPhone and Android to be more prepared this winter:
- Winter Wake Up – This app automatically checks the weather for you, waking you up earlier if frost or snow has
accumulated overnight. Available free on iPhone and Android.
- Road Trip Weather – This app, available on the iPhone for $.99, allows you to plan a road trip—beginning, mid and end points—taking current weather conditions into consideration.
- Winter Survival Kit – This free app will tell you your direct location, notify family/friends, call 911 and calculate how
long your car can run with the amount of gas in your tank. Available on iPhone and Android
- Thermometer Widget – Available only on the Android for free, this widget displays the temperature in a 1-by-1 block on your home screen. Adjusting settings can factor in wind chill.
In addition to apps for monitoring the storms, you can also download apps on your smartphone or tablet to keep the kids entertained, such as books or games. Regardless of your weather situation, it’s always a good idea to have an additional power supply pack handy. Winter storms can be a frightening experience, so it’s useful to keep everyone occupied, and sometimes entertained, in the event the electricity goes out.
A Few Winter Weather Tips:
- Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing; wear gloves and a winter hat.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots while outside to keep your feet warm and dry.
- Minimize travel; if travel is necessary, keep a supply kit in your vehicle.
- Listen to the radio or watch a local news channel for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Use a car charger to charge your phone if your power goes out.
- Running water in your home, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- If you leave the house, bring your cell phone in case of an emergency.
- Check to see that your car tires have tread and are properly inflated.
- If you see the cone, put down the phone.
Winter Weather Preparation Shopping List:
Below is a list of some winter weather prep items you should have on-hand. Also, consider specialty items you’ll need such as prescription medication, entertainment items for children such as toys, games or books, etc.
- Wireless power pack for your mobile phone, Cigarette lighter adaptors and other phone accessories. Business professionals might also consider a mobile hot spot in the event you need to be connected to the internet while the electricity is off.
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled water
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Pet supplies
- Rain gear
- Jumper cables
- Smartphone, tablet or weather radio to keep you up-to-date on the status of the storm or other related news.
For more information on products from Verizon Wireless that can be useful during a severe weather event visit www.verizonwireless.com.
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