Click Picks: Weather-Related Technology To Have

As Alabama’s Severe Weather Awareness Week continues, you may be thinking about putting together an emergency kit.

Tuesday on WHNT News 19 This Morning, Michelle Stark offered some suggestions for technology-related items to have on hand. The following are just a couple of ideas:

Weather radios – These are available in most home goods stores and once programed for your area, will send you real-time updates of bad weather and emergency alerts.

Extra batteries – Stock up on a variety of sizes and make sure you have the right sizes for your flashlights or critical electronics.

Mobile phone – If you have a smartphone as your primary communication method, great. If not, think about a prepaid device just for emergencies. Even if you do have a smartphone, it might be a good idea to have a spare, or older device on standby.

Surge protectors – These will help protect expensive electronics and appliances in your home, so look for sales and stock up.

Portable, battery-powered televisions – Good for older people in particular, or those living in rural areas without Internet access or a smartphone. These devices are relatively affordable and a great way to keep access to WHNT News 19′s severe weather coverage!

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