Tablets keep people connected during winter storms
With winter around the corner, it's time for families and individuals to prepare for the inevitability of seasonal storms. It's difficult to predict when a few feet of snow will suddenly come down and knock you off the grid, but it's always wise to be prepared. This year, in addition to canned food and batteries, people might also consider using mobile technology as part of their emergency plans.
Mobile devices, like smartphones and tablet computers, can be incredibly beneficial during a storm. Not only can their batteries last a long time on a single charge, their ability to access cell networks means that users can stay connected even when the power is out.
For families that rely on these mobile devices during an outage, several resources may be particularly helpful. Weather applications have their obvious benefits, and most devices come with basic versions of these apps pre-installed. A family might also consider downloading a more advanced app that indicates storm warnings and provides emergency tips.
Tablet and smartphone users should also keep tabs on local emergency services and news sources. For example, knowing what roads and businesses are closed during storms can help individuals plan their routes should they have to go out.
Keeping a spare battery or car charger in the house can also be helpful. Should power go down for several days, these accessories can give the mobile devices a boost in a pinch and keep users connected.