As if last year's Halloween snow storm wasn't enough for folks in the Northeast, this year it looks like Hurricane Sandy might stop by for a visit over the weekend. Things look to be brewing up throughout the day, so if you're in New Jersey (like I am) or the surrounding area, you'll want to make sure you are properly prepared. This obviously applies to any natural disasters or state or emergency, not just a hurricane. A lot of this is just being ready before things get bad and not waiting to the last minute to prepare, but we've got a checklist to keep you ahead of the game.
How to prepare for a hurricane or other natural disaster
- Charge Up - Make sure all of your devices are charged ahead of time. If you lose power, these may be all you have to keep up with the news or get in touch with family/friends. The same goes for batteries - if you have spares, make sure they are all charged. The last thing you want is to be without your phone for any length of time while someone is trying to get in touch with you.
- Have a Car Charger - You should already have one, but if you don't, go buy one. If you lose power you can charge up your device in the car instead.
- Make a List - Use MemoPad or something like Evernote to make a checklist. Be sure to have food, water and other necessities like a flashlight on the list.
- Flashlight App - Speaking of flashlights, grab an flashlight app. There are plenty of free ones available in BlackBerry App World. It's always better to have one now than need one later.
- Use SMS/BBM - In a time of heavy network traffic, SMS or BBM will be more reliable than voice lines, so make use of text services instead of phone calls.
- Camera - Don't forget to use your camera during a storm. Take some photos to document any damage to your property.
- Radio - If you have one of the newer Curves, don't forget you have an FM radio at the ready. Take advantage of it for news and weather during the storm.
- Weather Apps - Of course you'll want a weather app to track things. Check out some of the best here.
- Emergency Apps - Apps from FEMA and other agencies can keep you informed throughout a disaster and even provide an emergency checklist.
- Emergency Broadcast Messages - Don't forget, you may get some Emergency Broadcast Messages for your area. Learn about them here.
You can never be too prepared for any natural disaster, so it's always best to be ready. If you have any tips of your own be sure to let us know in the comments.