facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Advice: Text, don't call, in hurricane

Oct. 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. wireless carriers, preparing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy Monday, urged customers to text rather than call to reduce network congestion.

"Limit non-emergency calls to save battery power and free up wireless networks for emergency workers and operations, and send brief text messages instead," Verizon Wireless said in a hurricane preparedness statement reported by NBC News.

"When the network gets busy, texts have a higher chance of getting through the first time and can be more efficient," the statement said.

Wireless carriers also suggested users keep their phones, and accessories like chargers and spare batteries, in sealed plastic bags to avoid water damage.

If cell service goes down in users' areas but their home WiFi network remains on, they should switch their phones to WiFi, carriers said.

All carriers have been setting up portable cell sites and mobile emergency generators in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast that can replace cell towers that could be damaged in the storm, NBC reported.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Android phones to join iPhone in saying no to the police Android phones to join iPhone in saying no to the police
2
Physicists teleport photon over 15 miles Physicists teleport photon over 15 miles
3
Perth's first iPhone buyer immediately drops brand new phone on live TV Perth's first iPhone buyer immediately drops brand new phone on live TV
4
Major palm oil companies to halt deforestation Major palm oil companies to halt deforestation
5
Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback