Preparing for the Storm

So, here we are again. There's another Hurricane hurdling towards my home. This time Irma, a Category 5 monster. As I write this, we're still about a few days away from the worst of it so still time for the storm to turn. However, the time to prepare is now. Despite shortages at the grocery stores and long lines at the gas pump, I feel like I have my essential supplies in order.

While it's probably past due for an update, we addressed the issue of disaster preparedness on Mac Power Users Episode 269. You should also consult the preparedness guides and resources provided by The Red Cross and your local officials.

Here are a few tips to help with your tech:

  • Charge all your batteries - this includes handheld batteries, battery cases, battery backups, anything that could be used to charge your devices. 
  • Sync all of your devices locally and to the cloud
  • Make sure your devices are backed up, you'll want to make sure that you have a local copy stored in a secure (preferably high and dry) location as well as a comprehensive cloud backup.
  • Make sure you have copies of all of your essential documents accessible - preferably paperless copies that are accessible online.
  • Unplug any non-essential electronics and drives prior to the storm's arrival to avoid damage from lightning and power surge.
  • Plan for Internet outages - Power and cellular coverage will likely be down for some period of time. Make sure you have all of your essential information such as passwords, documents, and contacts stored locally on your devices so they're accessible without Internet connectivity.
  • Have access to news/entertainment - our last major hurricane we were without power for 5 days. Download entertainment for yourself and your family and make sure you have a way to access local news and information.

Stay safe!