Natural Disasters, calamities and tragedies are a part of life. It is very important to take care of yourself when dealing with all this. Most importantly, taking care of your electronics is very essential because it helps you deal with a lot of things even when you’re in an emergency and need some help. Here are a few safety measures that you can follow to keep your stuff, yourself and your family safe.
1. Pack the Right Gear
In case of emergency when it is required to evacuate the house quickly, prepacking a go bag is a great option which should include vital supplies to take care of you & your family, including water, plastic bags, food, medicine & a flashlight. And electronics provide a crucial communications lifeline.
Smartphone is a primary device to bring with you. A laptop may also be a vital tool for everything from contacting your relatives to looking for a hotel room or transferring money between accounts. Your best digital camera can also be kept.
A laptop or tablet can also divert your kids to play games or watch videos. Streaming video may not be an option because you might not have an internet connectivity but you can consider downloading a couple of movies or television episodes that everyone likes from iTunes or Amazon. If your computer has a DVD drive, tossing a couple of your favorite DVDs into your bag is also a good idea.
2. Charge All Your Devices
Make sure your electronics can power up and in order to keep that intact, you should keep your phone, laptop and tablet charged. You can even get spare batteries or portable charges and keep them charged too. This is also important because smartphone is one of the basic sources you can call for help. Consider it a survival tool and keep it charged.
3. Bring Your Car Charger
Get yourself a car charger because that is one way to juice up your phone if you lose power. This won’t kill your car battery even if you charge around 20 phones.
4. Pack in Plastic
In order to make sure your device stay dry, keep plastic bags for yourself. Even ziplocks help a big time. Small laptops, phones, AC adapters, tablets etc can stay secured in plastic.
5. Back up to the Cloud
Make sure your backup all your documents in the hard drive of your computer. But, a physical hard drive can still not be as safe so keep them on the cloud too so that the data remains safer. Cloud backup like Microsoft, Dropbox, Onedrive etc. are either free or come with minimal subscription. Apple’s iCloud will store 5GB free & up to 2TB for $9.99 per month. You can also use Google’s Backup & Sync to use Google One as you would iCloud and OneDrive; 15GB of storage is free and 2TB costs $9.99 per month. But, you will be sharing that space with your Gmail account. Keep in mind that you backing up any device to the cloud for very first time can take hours if you have massive data. So, the best option is to prepare in advance if you can.
6. Set up Your Emergency Contacts
Emergency contacts are a life saver. You should all make a list of ICE (incase of emergency contacts) and set up all those contacts that are either close by or that you can ask for help in case of emergency without any hesitation.
Also, iPhone users can use the Medical ID function in the device’s Health App to set up emergency contacts. Even if the phone is locked, first responders will have access to these critical contacts through the emergency function on the lock screen. On Android phones, the options for setting up emergency contacts vary, but you might try the My Information sub menu, or even a variety of apps. In most smartphones, the emergency mode will also allow you to make a 911 call when the phone is locked.
11. Get Help With 911
Whenever you’re in trouble, the best way to get out of it is to call 911 for help. So, when you call for help, staying on hold is the key. Do not hang up if you are on hold, wait for the help. A text message can also be sent to 911 but make sure you send in your location too because messages are not able to track your location. Texting remains an important backup option because there are times when the cellular system is so occupied that voice calls start failing.
12. Document Your Belongings
The most important thing to do while you are prepping for a calamity is to ensure that all your documentation is completely safe in order to make an insurance claim. Take pictures of your room from different angles, take individual shots of your valuable items and get a model number or serial number of your electronics. You may not have to use this photo record, but it could save you headaches and thousands of dollars in order to stay on the safe side if you do have to deal with your insurance company after you return home.
These are a few important measures to keep yourself safe when there is a natural disaster, a tragedy or a calamity.