Verizon helps you prepare for natural disasters

by Guest on October 15, 2009

big_rumble2Verizon want’s to save your life!

All too often you hear that companies only take-take-take.  Well Verizon is showing that sometimes, it’s important to give back to your community – and not just to those that are your customers.

To honor the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, Verizon has teamed up with some other major sponsors to fund “The Big Rumble” – an initiative to help communities prepare for natural disasters.

Here are some tips from Verizon to help you prepare for an emergency:

  • Know how to use call forwarding at home. If you have to evacuate, forward your home phone calls to your cell phone.
  • Conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency response agencies by limiting non-emergency calls.
  • Keep a cell car-charger in your vehicle in case you must evacuate.
  • Save emergency phone numbers in your cell phone for one-touch dialing.
  • Store back-up batteries for electronic devices, including your cell phone.
  • Consider using text messages to communicate.
  • Understand your cell phone’s capabilities: email, weather updates and news reports are all tools that can help after a disaster.
  • Small business owners can help employees stay connected to the Internet, email and company databases with high-speed data services for laptops.

It’s too easy to be cynical and just write stuff like this off as PR.  You might already know these steps – but you probably know someone that doesn’t. 

Spread the word, tweet it, facebook it, blog about it – but take action – don’t just read and leave. 

Or be part of the community – what should be added to this list?

Written by: Jason Finnerty. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Identi.ca, or Friendfeed

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