|[May 30, 2014]
C Spire offers consumers and businesses important reminders and tips on how to use their mobile phones for emergency communications during 2014 hurricane season
RIDGELAND, Miss. --(Business Wire)--
With the 2014 hurricane season about to get underway, C Spire is
offering consumers and businesses in storm-prone areas some important
emergency communications reminders and tips on using their mobile phones
before, during and after any storm or natural disaster.
The latest National Oceanic (News - Alert) and Atmospheric Administration forecast
calls for as many as eight to 13 named tropical storms to form in the
Atlantic Ocean during the six-month period that officially begins on
June 1. Three to six of those storms could strengthen into hurricanes
with top winds of at least 74 mph and one to two could become major
hurricanes with maximum winds of 111 mph or more.
Last year was only the third below-normal season in the last 19 years
since 1995 when the current high-activity era for Atlantic hurricanes
began. Fourteen tropical and subtropical storms formed in the Atlantic
basin in 2013, but only two became hurricanes and only one, Tropical
storm Andrea, made U.S. landfall. Andrea spawned tornadoes, heavy rain
and flash flooding in portions of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina,
resulting in one death.
"2013 was pretty quiet in terms of major hurricanes threatening the U.S.
mainland," said Eric Hollingsworth, vice president of Network Operations
for C Spire. "But with nearly 37 million people living in
hurricane-prone coastal areas, we can't afford to let our guard down.
Now is the time for individuals, families and businesses to prepare
emergency plans, create emergency supply kits and learn evacuation
In conjunction with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, C Spire is
offering consumers and businesses the following tips and advice on using
their mobile phone during this storm season:
- Before the Storm
Charge your primary wireless phone battery and secure back-up
batteries and a vehicle charger in a dry, accessible location. Use
waterproof accessories or simple zip-lock storage bags to protect
Take photographs and videos of all your important possessions with the
camera and video recorder on your wireless device and send them to
your email address. If a hurricane damages your home or property,
these items will help you file your wind insurance claim.
Consider storing important documents and personal items in a storage
facility away from the threat of any major storm, wind or water
damage. Take photographs for your records and store on your wireless
Plan and practice a hurricane evacuation route with your family and
leave immediately when directed by local authorities.
Designate an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as your family
contact person and make sure everyone in your family knows the contact
person's name, address and phone number. Text or e-mail the contact
information with your mobile phone.
Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers for police, fire, rescue
agencies, power companies, insurance providers and family, friends and
co-workers and program them into your mobile phone address book.
Give your emergency contact information to those who may need it,
including neighbors, family and friends.
Track wind an storm surge information through the mobile web on your
Prepare an emergency supply kit with items, including a flashlight and
battery-powered radio with extra batteries, canned and non-perishable
food, bottled water, toiletry items, pet food and supplies, medicine
and prescription medication and copies of important family papers and
Download free weather and safety-related applications like The Weather
Channel, FEMA and the National Weather Service for smartphones,
tablets and other devices.
Consumer Tips - During and After the Storm
Tune a battery-operated weather radio to the latest storm information.
Limit travel in hurricane-prone areas, which should be closed, and use
extreme caution. Do not drive through flooded roadways or attempt to
cross flowing streams.
Place voice calls only when necessary. Limit your personal calls so
that capacity is available for 9-1-1 calls and other emergency
responders. When possible, send text messages instead of placing voice
calls. Text messages require less network capacity and are more likely
than voice calls to reach their destination during periods of network
If you're a C Spire customer, use Text CS from your mobile phone for
any customer support issues. This helps reduce potential wireless
network congestion and ensures that you get prompt assistance.
Charge your mobile phone in your car during commercial power outages.
If a car charger is unavailable, buy an AC adapter for your vehicle so
you can use your wall charger.
Turn backlight down on your mobile phone to the minimum levels to
conserve battery life. When the battery is extremely low, turn phone
off unless in use.
Use the camera on your wireless device to document damage to your
personal property, home or business and use picture and video
messaging to send them to insurance agents or other contacts.
Small Business Tips - Before, During and After
Set up call forwarding to an alternate location as a hotline for
employees, their families, customers, vendors and suppliers to call
for updates on your business status and emergency planning.
Maintain an updated employee contact list, including home and cell
phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Protect mission-critical data, hardware and records by periodically
backing up files to an off-site location. Use a generator as backup
power for computer hardware and other essential equipment. To aid a
prompt business recovery, have a plan ready to implement for
replacement of damaged hardware.
Train employees on evacuation and shelter plans. Establish a backup
location for your business and an employee assembly point.
Use a crisis-management team to coordinate efforts with nearby
businesses and building management. Develop and implement a plan for
supply chain continuity for essential elements of your business.
"The bottom line is preparation," Hollingsworth added. "While weather
forecasters continue to improve the accuracy of their hurricane
forecasts, individuals, businesses and communities need to work together
to develop and implement comprehensive plans to effectively prepare for,
respond to and recover from severe weather events like hurricanes."
For more information about emergency planning and communication tips,
visit the National
Hurricane Center (NHC) or Ready.gov.
For a free hurricane preparedness guide, visit the NHC
or the Mississippi
Emergency Management Agency.
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services
company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless
communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full
suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services
for businesses. This news release and other announcements are available
For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com�or
follow us on Facebook (News - Alert) at www.facebook.com/cspire
or Twitter (News - Alert) at www.twitter.com/cspire.
[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]