Storms springing up—are you prepared?

No matter what part of the country you live in, spring storms can wreak havoc. It’s not uncommon for these storms to include lightning and high winds while creating flooding and power outages. However, with a little preparation, you can weather the storm successfully.

1. Back up your computer files to a remote site. Consider TDS’ Backup Online service. If it floods or lightning strikes causing damage to your computer, your data will be safe—no matter what happens to your hard drive.
2. Get a corded landline phone. Cordless phones are great, but if the power goes out, they won’t work. However, a corded phone will. How? When the power’s out, TDS generates power to keep your phone in service—but only a corded landline phone that’s plugged directly into the wall jack works (it doesn’t need power like your cordless phones).
3. Create an emergency kit. The American Red Cross suggests you be prepared, which includes having a corded landline phone and a set of cellular supplies in your emergency kit. For extra safety, teach your kids how to plug a corded phone in to a wall jack (if it’s not always plugged in) and let them know cell phones might not work.

With spring around the corner, it’s important to be prepared for any storm. Just as you prepare, so does TDS. Our goal is to keep you connected. We also want to help keep your family and your data safe.

About DeAnne Boegli

DeAnne Boegli is the National Public Relations Manager for TDS Telecommunications which means she wears a lot of hats on a day to day basis. DeAnne jumped on the social media train early (TDS joined Facebook in 2008) and has been keeping her team at TDS up-to- date with the rapid changes in these popular online sites, in addition to her more traditional public relations, reputation management and media roles. DeAnne holds degrees in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She has been in telecommunications at TDS for the past 13 years; prior to that she managed corporate communications for Rayovac which is also headquartered in Madison, Wis. In her spare time, she teaches dance classes at a studio she started in 2001. So, if you need to learn to tap dance she could help. We all know some PR types are known for dancing around issues, but not DeAnne she tells it like it is and just dances for the sport of it. DeAnne has a unique blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experience which gives her great perspective in talking with business owners and marketers like you.

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