News sites are calling hurricane Sandy one of the biggest storms to ever hit the United States. Schools have shut down, the Stock Exchange is closed, flights are grounded, and several states have declared a state of emergency as the storm bears down on the eastern seaboard.
If you’re in the storm’s path, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your iPad is ready in case of an emergency, so if you’re still preparing, check out this list that will keep you and your iPad safe as you weather the storm.
- Charge your iPad’s battery. The first thing you will want to do is to make sure that all of your devices are fully charged up. From there, you can get the most out of your iPad’s battery by following our guide to battery life, and make sure to take a look at our guide on preserving battery life as well, which may come in handy if you lose power.
- Get a car charger or another alternative charging solution. If the power goes out, you can use the car charger to add some extra juice to your iPad. It’s also a good idea to have a backup battery solution like the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation. Make sure your backup is charged too, and for a power free solution, there are both solar iPad cases and options like the BioLite CampStove, which uses a campfire to charge your iPad.
- Get a waterproof case for your iPad. There are several waterproof options out on the market, but if you’re in a pinch, you can use a simple Ziplock bag. If your iPad does get wet during the storm, check out this link, which has some tips on how to recover a wet iPad or iPhone. You can also throw a wet iPad into a bag of rice after powering it down in an attempt to save it.
- Add a data plan. If you have an LTE or 3G iPad but don’t use the device with a data plan, now is the perfect time to add one. You can get it reinstated, pay for a month, and then cancel again because iPad data plans have no contract. If you need an alternative option for your Wi-Fi iPad, check out a mobile hotspot option like Verizon’s Mifi. These are not cheap, but they’re handy in an emergency.
- Backup your photos and important documents. iCloud and other cloud solutions will keep all of your data safe, so make sure to take advantage of them. Turn on Apple’s photo stream (check out our guide if you need help) so you have a backup of the photos on your iPhone and your iPad, and add your important documents into a cloud-based storage site like Dropbox. Make sure you turn on iCloud backups of your device as well, just in case something happens to it.
- Take photos of important documents. Photograph documents like insurance policies, medical records, medication lists, birth certificates, and more so that you have the information at your fingertips if you need to access it. Make sure that you put your originals in a secure, waterproof container so that they remain safe in all weather conditions.
- Download local radio and TV apps. The power may go off, so you will want to be able to access emergency stations. It’s important to have access to radio to get emergency information, so make sure to download a local radio app or visit a streaming radio site.
- Get books, games, and other apps to keep you and your kids entertained. The power could be out for an extended period, but a good iPad game or a book will also keep your mind off of what’s happening outside.
- Get access to weather updates. Download an app like Hurricane HD to keep tabs on what’s going on outside. The Weather Channel also has a free to access app that will keep you apprised of weather conditions.
- Keep maps on hand. Make sure you have access to a maps app that can be used offline, in case you run into an emergency and need to evacuate quickly. Check out City Maps 2Go for a map of your city that can be used even when you don’t have access to the internet.