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Cell Phone Tips to Keep You Safe During Winter Storms
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on January 26, 2013 @ 2:40PM
Created on January 26, 2013 @ 2:09PM
 
While you stock up on your weather supplies, there are other preparations you can make to stay safe and all it takes is a cell phone.
 
AT&T gave 5 News some tips on using your phone as a storm tracker device during winter storms, and also said that when you lose power you can download an application that can turn your phone into a reliable flash light. They told us that the most important thing is to make sure your phone is always fully charged before a storm just in case the power goes out.
 
"The most obvious is, of course, keep your cell phone charged, take advantage of the apps out there. In emergency situations sending a text message will go through quicker then phone calls," said Emily Drive AT&T store manager Dawn Pride.
 
Some "apps" that you can use include GasBuddy, which will give you directions to the nearest gas station and ones with the lowest prices. Clarksburg firefighters told us that staying off your cell phone and using text messages can save system resources and make it easier for emergency responders to communicate.
 
"We ask that you use as minimal as possible so that way it leaves the airways open for us to use," said Clarksburgh firefighter Captain Jim Green.
 
Other tips you can follow to stay safe include keeping your emergency contacts readily available, saving your cell phone battery life for emergency calls only, and using applications like the Winter Survival Kit. It will help you find your current location if you are stranded, call 9-1-1, let your friends and family know where you are, and can even calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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