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It is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. The National Weather Service has detailed how to prepare for this season’s weather, including tornadoes, large hail, lightning, flash flooding, and strong winds. While you implement your safety plans, include a section for technology and any devices you may have that store important data.

Preparing your tech for a storm


  • Stay connected by charging all of your devices in advance. During a long power outage, you can use your laptop battery to recharge your phone.
  • Back everything up. While there are options for how you can do this, something to consider is backing your data up on a cloud-based system. This will ensure you don’t lose any important files or data should your physical device get damaged.
  • Invest in a surge protector to guard your devices from lightning and other electrical shorts. Be mindful if your surge protector takes a big hit, it does need to be replaced before the next storm. It is also wise to unplug devices during lightning storms to avoid should lightning hit.
  • Keep tabs on your device inventory. This will come in handy amidst any chaos after a storm hits. One tablet may not be a big loss, but combine your devices and it can become an expensive one. Knowing what you have will help you assess what you might have lost more quickly.

When severe weather does hit, it is important to know how and where you can receive weather alerts. Refer to this graphic provided by to find the alert system that work best for you.

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