From the Wires
C Spire Wireless Offers Consumers and Businesses Emergency Planning Tips for Hazardous Winter Weather Conditions
Jan. 15, 2013 06:24 PM
With hazardous winter weather conditions expected to threaten a large
swath of the Southeast with flooding, freezing rain, sleet and light
snow through Friday, C Spire Wireless is offering consumers and
businesses some important planning and emergency communications
reminders to use before, during and after any severe winter weather
Before the Storm
Charge your primary wireless phone battery and secure back-up
batteries and a vehicle charger in a dry, accessible location.
Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers for police, fire, rescue
agencies, power companies, insurance providers and family, friends and
co-workers and program them into your mobile phone address book.
Give your emergency contact information to those who need it,
including neighbors, family and friends.
Download and use mobile apps from a wide variety of free weather and
safety-related sources like The Weather Channel, the National Weather
Service, FEMA, the American Red Cross and Ping4 for smartphones,
tablets and other devices.
Set up your office email and log in on your mobile phone to stay
connected with co-workers and to receive updates on emergency school
and road closures and office work schedules.
Prepare an emergency supply kit with items, including a flashlight and
battery-powered radio with extra batteries, canned and non-perishable
food, bottled water, toiletry items, pet food and supplies, medicine
and prescription medication and copies of important family papers and
During and After the Storm
Stay home and do not drive in snowy or icy road conditions.
Keep clear of downed power lines. Even if electricity appears to be
off, leave the lines alone. Do not attempt to move them, but instead
contact your local electric utility to report the downed power lines,
utility poles or tree limbs.
Operate emergency generators outdoors and avoid using a generator
inside your home or garage.
Turn off all home appliances to prevent a surge once commercial power
Exercise caution when using alternative heating sources. Avoid using a
stove for heating as it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Allow water to drip from faucets during extremely cold weather so
water pressure can be relieved and to prevent pipes from bursting in
your home. If you are concerned that your pipes are frozen and may
have burst, turn off your water supply at the main shut off valve and
contact a plumber.
Place voice calls only when necessary. Limit your personal calls so
that capacity is available for 9-1-1 calls and other emergency
When possible, send text messages instead of placing voice calls. Text
messages require less network capacity and are more likely than voice
calls to reach their destination during periods of network congestion.
Charge your mobile phone in your car during commercial power outages.
If a car charger is unavailable, buy an AC adapter for your vehicle so
you can use your wall charger.
Set up social media and email accounts on your mobile phone to stay
connected with friends and family with status and location updates. C
Spire customers also can get updates on the network and other news via
social links by following the company on Facebook and Twitter.
Turn off your Bluetooth, data connections, such as auto sync for PDA
and smartphone users, turn backlight down to the minimum levels to
conserve battery life. When the battery is extremely low, turn phone
off unless in use.
Use the camera on your wireless device to document damage to your
personal property, home or business and use picture and video
messaging to send them to insurance agents or other contacts.
For more information about emergency planning and communication tips,
visit the Mississippi
Emergency Management Agency at www.msema.org/be-prepared/.
For the latest weather information and forecast, visit the National
Weather Service at www.srh.noaa.gov/jan
and click on your area. For winter weather preparation suggestions,
For more information on C Spire’s network, visit www.cspire.com/network.
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