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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 10, 2012) - Most Arkansans know firsthand how important preparation is to surviving winter weather. With winter storms potentially right around the corner, it is necessary to start planning ahead of time in case of an emergency.

"During the past few years, Arkansas has been bombarded with ice storms throughout the winter season," said Dean Taylor, president of Verizon Wireless in Arkansas. "Though not always severe, many of these storms have taken their toll on communities and families in Arkansas. Take early precautions and use the resources available, such as your tablet or smartphone. There are many apps that can provide you with information to keep your family safe."

This winter, Arkansans should consider these tips from Verizon Wireless to stay safe:

1. Stock up on supplies now.
Take advantage of any pre-season sales for winter supplies and make sure you have a working phone charger for your home and car, in case the power goes out in your community. Your smartphone or tablet can serve multiple purposes, whether through radio coverage to warn of bad weather or a phone's 4G LTE capabilities to stay in touch with family through calls, texts and emails, especially if your power is out. 

2. Keep family in the loop.
Communication is key during severe weather. Designate a central contact, preferably a family member in another city or state, for all family members to contact and report into in the event an emergency or disaster separates loved ones who live in the same community. 

3. "App"-ly your tablet to weather-watch duty.
In both the Android and Apple markets, Arkansans can find a multitude of apps to ease the stress of winter weather:

  • The Weather Channel app allows users to enter locations for a localized weather update, and view animated radars and detailed hourly, daily and weekly forecasts.
  • If lost or stuck in snow, the Winter Survival Kit will determine your location and notify your friends and family. The app also features a "gas calculator" to show how long your car can run based on the amount of gas you have. 
  • Users can get up in the morning early enough to scrape their car windows and make it to work on time with Winter Wake-Up. This alarm clock monitors overnight weather and rings earlier than usual, based on the pre-set preferences of the user.
  • Follow Today's THV for the latest weather updates on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for text alerts, and download our free THV Weather app for iPhone and Droid.  

4. Remember the basics of bundling.

  • Dress in several layers, wear gloves and don a winter hat.
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots while outside to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle. That kit might include blankets, water, flashlights and nonperishable food. 
  • Listen to the radio or stay updated on weather through a smartphone or tablet. When the electricity is out, these devices can provide a reliable source of updates on weather.
  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing and will provide a place to charge up smartphones or tablets. 
  • Running water in your home, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

5. Outfit your shopping list.
Plan to have some of these items on hand if a winter storm is on the brink:

  • Prescription medication
  • Wireless phone batteries, Cigarette Lighter Adaptors (CLAs) and other accessories
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • First Aid supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Rain gear
  • Nonperishable food 

(Source: Verizon Wireless press release)

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