Washington Post: “More storms are expected to drench the West Coast this week as parts of California are still dealing with flooding, destruction and power outages caused by recent atmospheric rivers. It’s the latest extreme weather to hit the country this winter. A powerful winter “bomb cyclone” pummeled the central U.S. and Great Lakes region in December. A smartphone can be a lifeline in these types of natural disasters, connecting you to assistance and real-time resources. Unfortunately, events like winter storms, hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves can take out the power grids and cell networks phones rely on to do that work. It’s an increasingly common situation. More than 40 percent of Americans live in a county that was struck by climate-related extreme weather last year, a Post analysis of federal data showed. If you’re preparing for, in the midst of, or recovering from dangerous weather or climate disasters, here are some of the best ways to get your phone in the best shape to help you.”
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