How to keep your phone charged and useful in a natural disaster

Source: Heather Kelly & Chris Velazco, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Turn on low power mode on your phone if it’s an option. Avoid draining activities. Don’t use your phone as a WiFi hotspot for other people, don’t watch streaming videos and close any apps running in the background that might be using location. Turn off notifications you don’t need. If you’re in a safe place, you can turn off GPS to stretch the battery life.

Send your location with everyone over text, so they’ll know where to look if you lose contact. Make sure to include people outside of the disaster zone.

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