With an “Extraordinary” Hurricane Season Forecasted, Here’s How You Can Protect Your Tech

Storm Ready Wifi

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just released its 2024 forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season, which started June 1. This year’s predictions indicate an “above average” season. Here’s what you need to do to safeguard your technology during potential storms.

Van in neighborhood before storm

NOAA’s 2024 forecast includes:

  • 17 to 25 named storms.
  • 8 to 13 hurricanes.
  • 4 to 7 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher).

Hurricane Season Key Dates

  • Start Date: June 1
  • End Date: November 30
  • Peak Activity: Mid-August to mid-October

Xfinity’s Tips for Storm Preparedness

Xfinity’s Storm-Ready WiFi keeps you connected even when the power goes out. Learn more here.

Storm Ready Wi-Fi Devices

As a tech user, here’s how you can prepare:

  1. Enroll in Text Alerts & Follow us on Social Media:
    • Sign in to the Xfinity app or Xfinity.com to update your contact information, including your mobile phone number.
    • Receive text alerts about service interruptions by texting START to 266278 (COMCAST).
    • Follow Comcast Florida on Facebook and X for storm updates.
  2. Download the Xfinity Stream App:
    • Stay informed during storms by watching live local news reports on any device using the Xfinity Stream app.
  3. Check Your Data Plan:
    • Use the Xfinity Mobile app to adjust your data plan or upgrade it to turn your phone into a hotspot.

Additional Tips

  • Surge Protectors: Plug TVs, modems, and cable boxes into surge protectors to prevent damage from lightning or sudden power outages.
  • Higher Ground: Move your hardware off the floor and make sure the location is stable. In case your floor floods or a filing cabinet gets knocked over, you want to make sure your devices stay safe.
  • Restoration Priority: Understand that electricity restoration takes precedence. Comcast crews need clearance before restoring Xfinity services.
  • Device Resets: If you have electricity but no Xfinity services, restart or reset devices (gateways, modems, routers, cable boxes).
  • Safety First: Stay clear of downed power and cable lines.
  • Phone Preparedness:
    • Keep your phone charged and dry.
    • Program emergency contact numbers and emails.
    • During the storm, opt for texts over calls (they require fewer network resources).
bucket truck working after hurricane

Severe weather can strike Florida year-round. By following these guidelines, you’ll be better prepared to weather any storm while staying connected and informed. Stay safe! 

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