What we can do to prepare for Hurricane Michael, including tips from AT&T Alabama

Hurricane Michael hitting the coast. Photo by NOAA News Facebook

Hurricane Michael is just hours away from making landfall, and overnight, it became strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Florida panhandle in recorded history. 

Hurricane Michael is expected to cause little impact to the Birmingham area at this time,  but as well all know, hurricanes don’t always stick to their expected course. If Hurricane Michael strikes, you want you and your family to be ready. 

“We’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Michael,” said AT&T Alabama President Wayne Hutchinson. “If Hurricane Michael strikes, we’re ready with one of the largest Natural Disaster Recovery fleets in the industry.”

Know how to prepare

The importance of planning for natural disasters like this can’t be over emphasized. The experts at AT&T Alabama sent us some tips to make sure you and your family are as prepared as you can be for Hurricane Michael. Steps that AT&T is taking include:

  • Topping off fuel generators
  • Testing high capacity back-up batteries at cell sites 
  • Protesting physical facilities against flooding with sandbags 
  • Staging other emergency response equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.

Cell phones can save lives

Mobile phones make it easier than ever to be in the know during a natural disaster. Here are a several tips from AT&T Alabama how to utilize your cell phone to stay safe amidst the storm.

  • Keep your cell phones charged and dry
  • Have a family communication plan 
  • Program all your emergency contacts into your cell phone 
  • Track the storm and access weather information on your mobile device
  • Limit social media activity to keep network congestion to a minimum 
  • Keep your phone lines open for emergencies 
  • Stick to text messaging if you can. Texts may go through easier than voice calls, since they require fewer network resources.

Governor Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency yesterday, anticipating widespread power outages. Alabama Power is mobilizing resources and up to 700 employees to ensure power is restored as quickly as possible. 

Alabama Power is ready to head to areas of the country with serious damage. Photo by Alabama Power

“Alabama is once again in the path of a hurricane, but I know Alabamians will once again come together and be prepared for whatever Michael may bring,” Governor Kay Ivey said in a statement.

Check FEMA often today for updates on the storm. What tips do you have to stay safe from Hurricane Michael?