Disaster Preparedness Tips for Cell Phone Usage During Emergencies


  1. Place voice calls only when necessary.
  2. Send brief text messages rather than voice calls.
  3. Use Text CS from your mobile phone for any customer support issues or #611 for those who may not have TextCS.
  4. Maintain a list of emergency numbers for police, fire, power, insurance agents, family, friends and co-workers and program them into your phone before an emergency occurs.
  5. Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  6. Keep your phone, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.
  7. Charge your mobile phone in your car during commercial power outages.
  8. Turn off your Bluetooth and other services and set your backlight down to minimum levels to conserve battery life. When the battery is extremely low, turn phone off unless in use.
  9. Use the camera on your phone to document damage to your personal property, home or business.
  10. Post pictures to social media and send your pictures to insurance agents and other contacts after the emergency situation has subsided to help conserve your battery life and the network.