FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter may officially start Dec. 21, but severe winter weather has already hit many communities across the country. Technology available at your local RadioShack will help you know when to take shelter and stay connected with portable power solutions.
"Recent weather events remind us how important it is to have the right resources to stay safe and connected. We heard from thousands of customers wishing for a weather radio to monitor storms or who were fighting the frustration of low battery power on phones and laptops with no way to charge them," said Paul Rutenis, chief merchandising officer at RadioShack. "With decades of experience in weather prep tech and the widest weather and emergency radio assortment available in stores, RadioShack offers the advice and resources to help get you and your home ready in the event of an emergency."
The majority of the country was covered in an icy mix of snow and sleet the first two weeks of the month. Snow, ice or floods caused by the melting accumulation of wintry weather all pose hazards, and the following guidelines can help prepare you for any winter storm:
1. Keep your cell phone and tablets charged with portable power. Cell phones are often lifelines to the outside world in an emergency, especially since texts and data may be able to get through when phone calls can't. -- Invest in backup power such as portable power banks or solar chargers. -- Your car battery can also provide backup power with a car charger - or a power inverter for larger items like laptops. 2. Keep a battery operated radio on hand. Two big threats of winter weather are loss of power and getting caught by surprise. A battery- operated weather radio will enable you to tune into critical weather information, and hand crank models never run out of power. 3. Update your home emergency kit for winter conditions to include adequate blankets, snow and ice removal equipment and sufficient heating fuel. Your kit should also contain enough fresh water and non- perishable foods to last 3-5 days per person, as well as a can opener, first aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries. It's a good idea to refresh your flashlight and portable radio batteries once a year. 4. Protect your electronics by plugging them into a surge protector or unplugging them when power outages and surges are likely. 5. Minimize travel. If you must travel, ensure your car has an emergency kit including blankets, non- perishable foods, technology to communicate emergencies and tools for car accidents. Try to avoid traveling at night, alone and on back roads.
RadioShack encourages neighbors to closely follow their local emergency response directions, including evacuation orders. For a complete winter emergency preparedness guide, visit ready.gov/winter-weather.
For more information on how technology can help, visit RadioShack's Weather Prep Center to download a free Severe Weather & Emergency Preparedness Checklist today.
In addition to making weather and emergency preparedness gear available to its communities, RadioShack and its customers have donated more than $500,000 in cash and weather prep products to communities affected by storms since October 2012.
Note: Local spokespeople are available for interviews about these tips in communities nationwide. In addition, a limited number of Emergency Tech Kits are available to broadcast outlets for audience giveaways on air and via social media. Submit requests to Media.Relations@RadioShack.com.
About RadioShack Corporation
RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. RadioShack(® )offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs approximately 30,000 knowledgeable and helpful sales experts globally. RadioShack's retail network includes approximately 4,300 company-operated stores in the United States, over 270 company-operated stores in Mexico, and approximately 1,000 dealer and other outlets worldwide. For more information on RadioShack Corporation, please visit www.radioshackcorporation.com; to purchase items online, please visit www.radioshack.com. RadioShack(®) is a registered trademark licensed by RadioShack Corporation.
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