What’s in their kit?
Jonathan LeCompte is Prepared
What are three unique items you have in your Ready Kit?
I always have an extra battery pack and a car charger for my wireless phone ready to go in case of an emergency. And because there is no way my two kids would last long without electricity, I keep an extra car charger for our wireless tablets in the kit, too. I want to make sure they can entertain themselves and keep their minds off the emergency at hand. We have also invested in a Tagg Pet Tracker for our furry family member. In emergencies it’s easy for families to get separated from their pets, and this device allows us to pinpoint our dog’s location anywhere.
What would you say to Georgians re: communications in an emergency?
It’s very important in an emergency situation that consumers do everything they can to stay informed.
- Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate.
- Check weather and news reports on wireless phone applications – like the Ready Georgia mobile app, or apps from aid and relief organizations such as the American Red Cross’ apps for first-aid, hurricane and shelter and FEMA’s Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) – when power is out.
- Have a back-up phone charging plan in place: Whether it’s a car charger or an extra portable charger like the mophie powerstation, being able to power and recharge your device is important to stay informed.
- Adjust your device settings to save battery power: Switching to airplane mode on your phone will turn off all of your phone’s radios and can also help save your battery while not in use. Also consider turning off your phone’s data connectivity within the settings menu to preserve battery life.
- Maintain a list of emergency numbers and program them into your phone in advance.
Additionally, Georgians have a responsibility to keep the wireless networks as free as possible for emergency responders – so that neighbors and loved ones can get the help they need. We ask people to limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks. People should also send brief text messages rather than voice calls.
Have you or a loved one experienced an emergency where a Ready Kit would have come in handy?
I have lived in various cities around the United States and emergency weather situations happen everywhere. While my family has been lucky in that we’ve avoided emergencies so far, certainly our Verizon Wireless family/employees in Georgia have found themselves in danger with tornadoes, hurricanes on the coast, ice storms and wild fires. In every situation I couldn’t be more proud about how our Peach State employees step up to make sure their families, our customers and each other are taken care of during an emergency. Verizon Wireless is very prepared for emergencies.