The Enterprise Security Supersite NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Network Security Viruses & Malware Cybercrime Security Solutions More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Disaster Recovery / Tech Tips for Dealing with Sandy
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Tech Tips for East Coasters Dealing with Sandy
Tech Tips for East Coasters Dealing with Sandy
By Barry Levine / Enterprise Security Today Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
OCTOBER
29
2012


For East Coasters, weathering Sandy the Monster Storm involves more than just stocking up on water, food that doesn't need cooking, and flashlights. There are also tech things you can do to keep yourself and your data safe.

There are the basic ones, of course. Charge all your mobile devices -- phones, tablets, laptops. Hopefully, you regularly back up your data, including backup to an off-site location such as the cloud.

To conserve battery power, lower screen brightness on any device. Some devices offer voice-oriented accessibility features that allow you to interact even if the screen is dimmed to the lowest possible level. Airplane mode on any device also minimizes battery use, and you can turn off any unneeded automated or background apps or notifications.

Text, Unless Emergency

Wireless carriers are asking customers to limit non-emergency voice calls and use text messages instead, which will limit battery use and help ease up network congestions, giving needed bandwidth to emergency communications. Be aware that cell service can still be up, but either overloaded or diminished by heavy rain. If you can't complete a cell phone call, the carriers recommend waiting 10 seconds before redialing, in order to help alleviate network congestion.

Carriers are also advising that people keep phones and all accessories, such as batteries or chargers, in sealed bags to prevent water damage. Add emergency numbers to all phones, and, if you're being evacuated, forward calls to your cell phone. Use your phone's camera to record any valuables for possible insurance use later.

Your cell phone can become a Twitter hub so you can post tweets and monitor others', by texting START to 40404. A text message will be returned, to which you can reply "yes" with your user name, minus the @ symbol. After that, you'll be prompted for your password, and you'll be able to post by sending texts.

Emergency Apps

For users who don't have a Twitter account, one can quickly be set up via your phone by texting START to 40404, and responding with your full name when you're prompted. This will establish a mobile account, after which tweets can be sent by texting to 40404. You can also sign up for text alerts from your state emergency management center and local utility companies.

There are a variety of free or inexpensive apps that can make your smartphone or tablet even more useful, which are available in either Apple's App Store, Google's Android Play store, or both.

The Weather Channel's app, for instance, offers customizable weather maps, detailed forecasts and alerts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has an app that includes disaster preparedness information, such as a checklist for an emergency kit and tips on how to take cover if needed. You can also get the same preparedness info by texting PREPARE to 43362.

The American Red Cross has a hurricane-specific app, which includes information on open shelters and a "I'm safe" alert you can send to Facebook, Twitter and e-mail to notify family and friends.

Read more on: Sandy, Disaster Recovery, Apps
Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN DISASTER RECOVERY
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
iWatch Watch: What Will Apple Ask Us To Wear?
There are still more questions than answers when it comes to details about the smart watch Apple seems poised to debut on Sept. 9. In fact, nobody seems completely sure that it will be a smart watch at all.
 
Google Successfully Tests Its Own Delivery Drone
While top technology companies are engaged in an "arms race" to develop drones that can quickly deliver goods to anyone anywhere, Google has revealed it successfully tested its own version.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 

Navigation
Enterprise Security Today
Home/Top News | Network Security | Viruses & Malware | Cybercrime | Security Solutions | Mobile Security | Disaster Recovery | Windows Security
Data Security | EST Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.