Digital readiness: How to prepare devices for the storm

WASHINGTON – The power goes out and the digital devices go on. But what happens when the battery life is drained?

To avoid this situation and to save a device’s power, people can dim the brightness on cellphone screens, put the phone in airplane mode and shut down unused apps.

Since frequently charging a phone is not an option, a car charger and a physical list of important phone numbers can be lifesavers. A prepaid cellphone can work as a backup in case of emergencies.

People should also charge their digital cameras or buy replacement batteries, since insurance companies will want proof of any storm damage.

WTOP’s Del Walters contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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