How to stay connected in a power outage

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013

__ But if you lose power at home, your house's Internet service won't work. Wireless Internet service on your phones is your best bet.

__ If you have a battery-powered radio or car radio, use it to get your news updates rather than taxing the wireless network and your phone battery.

__ Vehicle emergency systems like General Motors Co.'s OnStar rely on a wireless network (OnStar uses Verizon's), so they're susceptible to network outages, just like cellphones. However, OnStar says customers report better luck connecting with their car systems than with cellphones, probably because the car has a much larger antenna, allowing it to reach more distant towers.