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2014 Hurricane Season Approaches; Floridians Urged to Prepare Emergency Communication Plan

Companies mentioned in this article: Verizon Wireless

TAMPA, Fla., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Season 2014 is set to begin on June 1, and Floridians can help their families stay safe and ready with an emergency communication plan.

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, offers these tips to keep in touch and out of danger during storm season:

    --  Keep phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry,
        accessible location.  Simple zip-lock storage bags will shield devices,
        and today there are many waterproof phones, cases and other protective
        accessories.
    --  Keep phone and tablet 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. Numerous chargers, including solar-powered devices, make
        it easy to stay powered up.
    --  Maintain a list of emergency numbers - police and fire agencies; power
        and insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; etc. - and
        program them into your wireless devices before an emergency arises.
    --  Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
    --  Use a free service such as Verizon Cloud, which provides 5MB of data
        storage, to save your contacts and other important information on a
        secure server in case your phone or tablet is lost or damaged.
    --  Use your tablet to conveniently photograph and catalogue your valuables
        and other household belongings for possible insurance claims.
    --  Access dozens of free weather-, news- and safety-related services for
        smartphones and tablets. With 4G LTE technology, users can enjoy
        high-speed downloads, high-definition pictures and video, and advanced
        performance in a broad array of these applications.

"We've been fortunate the last few years in Florida with quiet hurricane seasons, but it's critical to remain vigilant," said Mariano Legaz, Verizon Wireless Florida region president. "Wireless technology can help Floridians stay prepared and safe in a storm."

Once a storm is on the way, Verizon Wireless suggests the following tips for enhanced emergency communications and safety:

    --  Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless
        networks for emergency agencies and operations.
    --  Send brief text messages rather than voice calls.
    --  Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate.
    --  Check weather and news reports on wireless phone applications when power
        is out.

For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. As the largest wireless company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 103.3 million retail customers, including 97.3 million retail postpaid customers. Verizon Wireless is wholly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNews.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless