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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Use your mobile phone to be better prepared

A recent study found that “nomophobia”—the fear of being without your mobile device—is on the rise. Certainly, for many of us, our smartphone is the first thing we reach for in the morning and the last thing we set down at night. Your mobile device might also be one of the first things you reach for in an emergency. Wireless technologies can help our families, colleagues and communities become better prepared. During my time working for AT&T, I’ve learned that it’s important to develop action plans for emergencies in advance and have the right technology at your fingertips. Yet one survey we did found that 68 percent of consumers don’t have a comprehensive plan for dealing with home emergencies. Emergency preparedness plans are easier to develop than most people think, particularly with smartphones, wireless broadband and new apps specifically designed to help you prepare for emergency situations. Please check out: 11 Great Ways Your Smartphone Can Work Smarter in an Emergency, which we developed with Consumer Action. The post is full of tips, information and online resources that will help you be better prepared. Here are some additional online resources from AT&T: Be safe.