Tech Perspective: Be Storm Prepared

March 29, 2023 Category: Pop Culture, Technical Support

As the old adage goes, ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ Be prepared with these tech tips should the power go out during a storm or disaster.

Ensure you can communicate with the outside world if the Hydro goes out it by ensuring your mobile phone is fully charged when an impending storm is due. For the ultimate peace of mind a home phone can provide reliable emergency calling. Learn more about Execulink’s Home Phone here.

Other electronic devices can also serve as important tools in a Hydro outage. These include flashlights, lanterns and an emergency radio to stay informed. Consider investing in devices that can be powered using alternate sources such as solar or manual charging options.

Alternate power sources can be imperative during a power outage like powering essential medical devices for example. A fully storm prepared home includes a generator to ensure the home is never without power or at worst with only a minor disruption while the power source is switched over. However, for the majority of Canadian residences who are without a generator a little preparation can go a long way. By ensuring that extra batteries and your electronics are fully charged when an impending storm is due you can use your devices offline even if the Hydro is out. Remember to regularly check the expiry dates on your backup batteries.

Protect your important electronics such as your computer, television, game system and other wired devices by plugging your electronics into surge protector power bars to help protect them from damage by a storm surge.

File important information that maybe needed in an emergency in an offline file for reference should electronics and/or the Internet be unavailable to use for an extended period of time.

For more information on how to fully prepare your home for all types of emergencies, please visit the Get Prepared page from the Government of Canada.