In a June 2019 survey published by Pew Research Center, 96% of all Americans own a cellphone, and 81% use smartphones. It is no surprise that Americans depend on their cell phones. The ability to have and use our phones during a disaster is critical. In many cases, a natural disaster can knock out power for hours – even days. Communicating through our smartphones via calls or texts is a typical daily practice. Let me ask you this: If a disaster took place right now, what is your mobile phone battery percentage? Here is how to prepare your electronics for a disaster.
Where to Store Electronics
It is vital to have one designated home for your electronics and critical to keep them powered up. If you told me that you store your electronics “anywhere there is an electrical source,” you need to stop right there!
Establish one designated home that is easy to access at a moment’s notice. Typically, recommendations are to store electronics outside the bedroom for the best sleep. However, if a disaster takes place in the middle of the night, you need to be able to access your cell phone immediately. I’m not advocating storing your phone right next to the bed. However, find an area in or close to the bedroom to charge your electronics.
Do you only charge your phone at night?
If the disaster occurs in the middle of the night, and you are waiting for the morning for your phone to charge fully, you are setting yourself up for failure. Imagine operating at less than 50% battery with no power source available for an unknown period.
Do not add unnecessary stress to the disaster. Mitigate now! Create habits that will enable you to work through a catastrophe as capable as possible. Pretend that 50% battery power is the empty mark and charge your phone during the day whenever it gets close to that level.
What technology items do I need during a disaster?
For each of us, this answer will vary slightly. Below are the most common technology supplies needed and or wanted:
- Cell phones/smartphones
- USB adapters, cords, charging cables
- Cell phone battery backup
- Additional technology equipment: iPad, car charger, power strip, laptop
How Unclutter Me can help you prepare your electronics for a disaster?
Working with Lisa of Unclutter Me to prepare your electronics for a disaster allows you to find the items you need, establish designated homes for them, and assist you in creating your disaster plans. We can help you reduce the emotional attachment to your goods and provide the clutter-free relief you desire.
You can do this! Unclutter Me by Lisa Witzleben is here to assist you.