For all of the wonderful things consumer technology can do these days, it’s still no match for Mother Nature. And now that Hurricane Irene is set to batter the East Coast, Brighthand is here with some helpful, common sense tips to help users prepare themselves and their tech for the big storm’s arrival.
The first thing to remember is that there will be power outages. They may not affect everyone, but they’re going to happen, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Making sure that all batteries are fully charged beforehand is crucial, and a secondary source of power like a car charger could be a lifesaver if the outages last multiple days. And of course, a laptop with USB ports can charge most smartphones these days too, although that’ll eventually force users into deciding which device is more precious to their individual needs.
Unfortunately, a fully charged phone isn’t going to be much good if there’s no signal to make calls over. For the most part, users will have to let nature run its course, but turning to text messages or VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) services like Skype should prove to be more reliable than simple phone calls. But for a full rundown of what to do during an emergency like Irene, head on over to Brighthand and get its complete How To guide for preparing a smartphone for a hurricane.