Tip of the Blog
Tips for Wildfire Season or anytime from Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless urges residents to prepare emergency communication plans and offers consumers these tips:
One I never thought of before but is a very good Tip.
· Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged – in case local power is lost – well before warnings are issued.
· Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power.
· Store emergency phone numbers in your phone – police, fire, and rescue agencies; power companies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers.
· Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.
· Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
· Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate.
· Be ready to communicate by brief text messages as needed – it conserves capacity on wireless networks so they're more available to emergency agencies.
Many cell phone companies work to maintain and expand service rapidly to support first responders during local and regional disasters. For example Verizon Wireless during the 2009 Station Fire in CA, the company deployed a wireless network enhancer on wheels along with a portable generator at the fire command center. The enhancer's 40-foot tall antenna expanded wireless coverage and capacity for the crews fighting the remote blaze.
Instructions to forward calls
Things You'll Need:
- Cell phone
- Land line
- Power on both of your pones to get ready to forward calls.
- Make sure you have the call forwarding feature on your land line. If not, you will have to add it as part of a bundle or package or just as a separate feature. You can do this online or by calling the phone company if you have time to spare.
- Press 72* and then your cell phone number. You might hear a few beeps. Check the number for accuracy. (Check with your phone company for exact forwarding digits, it varies by carrier).
- Test the line by calling the home phone and seeing if does forward to your cell phone or just sends a busy signal. If not, repeat the steps.
- Press 73# to take back the phone line and calls will start coming in on your home phone again.