Cellular South Offers Consumers and Businesses Emergency Communications Planning Tips for 2010 Hurricane Season

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Wireless Provider Suggests Key Readiness Steps and Offers Phone Tips For Emergencies

With the 2010 hurricane season just getting underway, Cellular South, the nation’s largest privately owned wireless communications provider, is offering consumers and businesses in storm-prone areas some important planning and emergency communications reminders to use before, during and after any storm or natural disaster.

Before the Storm

  •     Charge your primary wireless phone battery and secure back-up batteries and a vehicle charger in a dry, accessible location.
  •     Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers for police, fire, rescue agencies, power companies, insurance providers and family, friends and co-works and program them into your mobile phone address book.
  •     Give your emergency contact information to those who may need it, including neighbors, family and friends.
  •     Track weather and storm-related information through the mobile web on your wireless phone.
  •     During an evacuation, use Google SMS and the mobile web to get news, maps and to find hotels.
  •     To find available gasoline supplies at the best prices, use the Gas Buddy mobile web link.
  •     Prepare a disaster readiness kit with items, including a flashlight and battery-powered radio with extra batteries, canned and non-perishable food, bottled water, toiletry items, pet food and supplies, medicine and prescription medication and copies of important family papers and documents.

During and After the Storm

  •     Place voice calls only when necessary. Limit your personal calls so that capacity is available for 9-1-1 calls and emergency responders.
  •     When possible, send text messages instead of placing voice calls. Text messages require less network capacity and are more likely than voice calls to reach their destination during periods of network congestion.
  •     Charge your mobile phone in your car during commercial power outages. If a car charger is unavailable, buy an AC adapter for your vehicle so you can use your wall charger.
  •     Turn off your Bluetooth, data connections, such as auto sync for PDA and smartphone users, turn backlight down to the minimum levels to conserve battery life. When the batter is extremely low, turn phone off unless in use.
  •     Camera phone owners can use their handsets to document damage to personal property, homes or businesses and use picture and video messaging to send them to insurance agents or other contacts.

For more information about emergency planning and communcation tips, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency at http://www.hurricanes.gov/prepare. For a free hurricane preparedness guide, visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency at http://www.msema.org/preparation/documents/HurricanePreparednessGuide.pdf.

About Cellular South
Cellular South is a privately-owned diversified mobile communications company passionately committed to helping customers get the most out of their wireless devices and services. The nation’s largest privately owned wireless communications carrier accomplishes this goal by providing the most reliable and advanced 3G nationwide wireless voice and data network, offering industry-leading smartphone devices and accessible flat rate plans, and through its online and in-store Discover Centers, which give customers easy, simple and convenient tools, tips, advice and information to get the most out of their mobile phone. For more information about Cellular South and its products and services, as well as its ground-breaking Cellular South Original user generated programming, visit http://www.cellularsouth.com. This news release and other announcements are available at http://www.cellularsouth.com/news/.

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