Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Charge up those gadgets

Electronic gadgets don't go well with water or storms. So what do you do when a hurricane comes pounding at your door?

"Unplug your electronics so as not to be affected by any potential power surges," said Joe Durkin, spokesman for Bright House Networks.

But what if your television and phone remain the only forms of entertainment while you wait out the storm? Or, worse, you need to call someone to rescue you from rising water?

Land lines with cords — good old phones that plug into the wall — are more resilient than fancy wireless toys, experts say. Those phone lines may function when cell towers are out of commission and power outages render cordless phones useless.

But if you are among the growing number of customers who have kissed their traditional phones goodbye, you can still survive. Here are a few tips from Verizon Wireless:

• Keep your batteries fully charged.

• Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters.

• Keep your phones, batteries and chargers dry.

• Program a list of emergency numbers.

• If you are evacuating, forward calls from your home phone to your cell phone.

• Conserve. Limit non-emergency voice calls. Send brief text messages instead.

• Check weather reports through your cell phone.

If you rely on TV or a computer for weather information, you may want to have a generator or backup power, said Jim Barry, spokesman for the Consumer Electronics Association.

Those not prepared to take that major and costly step can still protect favorite gizmos while possibly staying connected with the outside world. The first step is to buy surge protectors, experts say. You may also want to invest in emergency battery-operated television or an NOAA radio, or good old windup radios.

The most important precaution is saving your precious work, photos or videos, experts say.

"Have everything backed up so you don't lose stuff in case of a big crash," Barry said.

Charge up those gadgets 05/16/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:54am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Hopes fade after landslide destroys Chinese village (w/video)

    World

    Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing.

    Vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County on Saturday in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. More than 100 people remained missing after the village was buried under tons of rocks and soil.
  3. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  4. Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central.

    (From left to right) Emma Chalut 18, gets a rainbow sticker on her cheek from her sister Ellie, 15 both of Jacksonville before the annual St. Pete Pride parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the route was changed from the Grand Central and Kenwood area to Bayshore Drive.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald dies

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice, who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race, has died.

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday, the court said in a statement. He was 93.