Still got power? Prepare now so you'll be ready when you need it.

We've got five inches of snow and it is still coming. I started preparing yesterday for a possible loss of power. I've got my flashlights and other battery powered lights were I can find them. I made sure they have got fresh batteries in them. I've got my cell on the charger, which I'll yank off the minute the power goes off. I've topped off my rechargeable batteries.

Here are a few more tips you may be able to use:
  • Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations. 
  • Send brief text messages rather than making voice calls for the same reasons. 
  • Don't leave the house without car-chargers to ensure you have back-up power. 
  • Keep phones, laptops, PDAs, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. 
  • Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you have to evacuate. 
  • Save emergency phone numbers in your cell phone with one-touch dialing. 
What did I miss? How do you get yourself ready for a snowpocalypse?

ps: And I hope we have power when Verizon makes their big announcement on Tuesday.

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.