Using technology during the winter storms

(WTVM) - Whenever there's bad weather, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your electronics.

Experts say it's good to keep your wireless phone batteries charged at all times and have an alternative plan in case of a power outage like your car charger.

Experts say it's also good to have a list of emergency contact numbers and have a central person for other family members to contact in case of a problem.

Camera phones can also provide assistance. If you have a camera phone, take, store and send photos - even video clips - of damaged property to your insurance company from your device.

Try text messaging. During an emergency situation, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network resources.

Be prepared for high call volume. During an emergency, many people are trying to use their phones at the same time. The increased calling volume may create network congestion, leading to "fast busy" signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again. This allows your original call data to clear the network before you try again.

Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum, and limit your calls to the most important ones. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business associates.

As always, it's good to have access to weather information on your wireless devices so making sure to have a weather app like our WTVM Weather app will come in handy. You can find it in the App Store.

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