(Updated August 21, 2021)
Another hurricane is coming.
If you’re on the way – or around, don’t be complacent as maps and charts show you’re out of the worst of things – then here are some tips on how to prepare your tech for what Mother Nature has in store.
Charge all your gadgets in advance
Do it now, while you can!
This is especially important if you live in an area where the power is likely to go out.
Also, don’t forget to charge up any portable batteries and rechargeable batteries you may have (you might not need them, but they can help a neighbor out of a bind).
- Keep all your devices charged for as long as possible in case the power goes out. Also, remember that this is a good time to recharge power banks.
- If the power starts to drop, it may be a good idea to move your chargers to an uninterruptible power supply (uninterruptible power supply) if you have one in case they or the devices connected to them are damaged.
- If you have a gas generator, test it out before you need it, especially if it may still be filled with older, stale gas (and common sense dictates that’s not the kind of thing that you operate indoors).
Blow the dust off your radio
The internet may fail, along with your phone and power, but the radio will still work. If you have one handy, make sure the batteries are fresh and you know how to use it (do a quick Google search beforehand for local radio stations you can tune into).
Keep an eye on the weather
Here is a selection of websites that will allow you to do just that. You can also link to a local weather station and news site.
And here are some apps to help you stay informed:
For an overview of other apps and services you can use, see “Preparing for Hurricane Florence: Storm Trackers and Other Survival Tools.”
Familiarize yourself with any kit you don’t know how to use
Not sure how your portable battery, generator or new weather app works? Now is the time to figure it out, not when you’re hip-deep in water and the lights are out!
Download (and print) any manuals you might need now.
Protect your devices against the weather
If you have big, bulky, weatherproof cases for your smartphones and tablets that you don’t normally use, now is the time to put them on. Go ahead, no one will judge you!
If you don’t have a custom case, a Ziploc bag is better than nothing. And if you have one of those little silica gel bags that hold all sorts of stuff, throw one in the bag with your device because it will help absorb any moisture that gets into the bag.
Back up your data
If you live in a place prone to flooding, you might want to back up your data now in case water gets to one or more of your devices.
An offsite or cloud backup is best, but if all you have is an external hard drive or USB flash drive, then that will have to do (put it in a waterproof bag to give it a chance to go). beat).
Check your car kit
Here’s a quick checklist of things to consider if you have to hit the road to get away from the storm:
- If you don’t have to drive, don’t.
- Make sure you have chargers and cables for your portable devices.
- Throw blankets, drinks and snacks in the back (just in case).
Stay dry, stay safe! And if you have any tips, feel free to share them in the comment section below.