Hurricane Sandy is barreling down on the east coast, and the predictions keep getting worse. All of the major US carriers have addressed the storm, and they all seem to have plans at the ready for dealing with possible power outages. They have spoken on their plans and even offered some helpful tips for storm preparedness.
T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon have all said they are ready to roll, and given tips for getting ready. With the potential of 10-million people being without power during this storm, having cell communication is going to be critical. Verizon, for example, has increased stock of car chargers at all of its stores, since people may not be able to charge their devices in their homes. T-Mobile has stocked up on additional fuel supplies for repair vehicles to fix any outages that occur.
Obviously, storms like this can be unpredictable, but it certainly reassuring to see cell carriers taking the steps required to keep service alive during potential power outages. The carriers even offered some helpful tips for individuals such as keeping your phone charged before power goes out, making a plan for charging if power does go out, utilizing text messages instead of voice calls, and keeping calls short.
I would also add plugging your devices into a surge protector. Brownouts can cause damage to devices plugged directly into a wall. The release from T-Mobile is available here, Verizon’s is here, AT&T’s is available here and Sprint’s is here. Each one details the exact plans for the carriers and helpful tips for preparing for potential outages.