Cellphones have made personal phone books obsolete.
Every number we need is stored in our phones or in electronic address books on our computers, which is convenient as long as we have power.
But during a hurricane, when finding a place to charge up can be a problem, you need a printed list of important phone numbers.
Your cellphone might be dead, but if you can access a landline that’s still working or borrow someone else’s phone, you’ll still be out of luck unless you know how to reach the person you’re trying to call.
And by the way, if you need to make a call, don’t overlook the old-fashioned pay phones, a surprising number of them kept working right through Ike.
As part of your hurricane preparations, make a list of relatives, friends, neighbors and service providers you might need to contact after a storm makes landfall.