Protect Electronics from the Storm

When the power goes out, we may rely on our electronic devices even more.

However, many of us know that it’s just as easy to lose the ability to communicate during severe weather. So, here are some tops on how to protect yourself and your electronic equipment during the upcoming storm.

Batteries and power are crucial:
Electricity is sometimes taken for granted, but don’t let your ability to use electronics be taken away during the storm.
*Make sure batteries are fully charged and ready to go BEFORE the power goes out. 
*Having extra batteries or battery power is key. 
   If you can’t do this, try to conserve power as best as possible. This means turning down the brightness on your device. For your phone, turn it off periodically to save power. Try not to run too many apps or programs, if you can help it.
*If you’re lucky enough to have a generator, make sure it’s ready to go.
   If it needs gas, fill it up, but be very safe about where you run it. Generators should be kept in a well-ventilated area to avoid dangerous fumes. 

Keep a paper trail:
Things happen and if electronics get damaged in the storm, you may need to fall back on insurance. However, without receipts or documentation, you could be out of luck.
*Make records of everything you purchase, including software and non-electronic items as well.

Avoid avoidable damage:
Flooding can’t always be prevented, but you can help minimize the damage.
*Don’t store expensive electronics or other valuables in the basement.
   If you absolutely have to, put them in air/water-tight containers or make sure they are elevated well above the floor. That way, if water levels rise, your insurance claims won’t.
*Make sure all extension cords are surge-protected and UL listed. If damage occurs, from let’s say, a lightning strike, you’ll be in better shape.
*Try to keep expensive items away from windows. Not only can wind or storm damage break through the glass, but it’s also an issue for theft is valuables are easily seen from outside.

Who’s got your back…up? 
Storm or no storm, it’s always a good idea to backup data, photos, etc. 
*A good best practice is getting into a habit of backing up files at least once a year and perhaps even more often than that.
   The last thing you want is to lose precious photo memories or important work files due to flood or other storm damage.
*Don’t forget e-mails too. If you lose your password to log-in or an account gets hacked, you might be up the creek. If there is sensitive or important information in your inbox, make sure to save it in an alternate location.
*Watch that backup. 
   Memories cards and CD’s can be damaged in extreme temperatures and don’t forget about water damage…that can be deadly. If your phone goes underwater, your insurance may not even cover repairs.

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