Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM ET
Wireless carriers have made extensive preparations to deal with the impact of Hurricane Sandy, and are asking customers to do the same. Among the best things you can do to help keep your phone battery going and to ease network congestion is to limit your voice calls — keep them short — and to send text messages instead.
"Limit non-emergency calls to save battery power and free up wireless networks for emergency workers and operations and send brief text messages instead," Verizon Wireless says in a hurricane preparedness statement. "When the network gets busy, texts have a higher chance of getting through the first time and can be more efficient."
Among other tips offered by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile:
For additional tips on conserving your cellphone's battery, see NBC News' Bob Sullivan's Facebook page here. He says:
How to conserve cell phone power during the storm: a nice set of tips. 1) Airplane mode 2) Turn off cell, wifi to gadget isn't searching for networks til you need them. Added to this, I have my auto jump-start battery in the house, which has a convenient USB port, too. Yours might at least have a cigaretter lighter 12V out ... use a car charger or converter with that. HT to @steverubel
In advance of Sandy, all carriers have been deploying portable cell sites and mobile emergency generators in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast that can replace damaged cell towers. Carriers are also coordinating their work with local and emergency agencies.