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FALL-WINTER 2017

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18 Navy | Fall/Winter 2017 USAA FINANCIAL ADVICE A s you prepare your home and take safety precautions as severe weather approaches, don't forget to make your mobile devices storm-ready. A natural disaster or extreme weather can disrupt communication channels. In such a chaotic situation, your smartphones and tablets can be essential to keeping in touch with family and staying updated on response and recovery efforts. USAA offers these tips to help make your mobile devices storm-ready: 1. Create a texting phone tree. Organize a network of contacts so you can reach them quickly. In the aer- math of extreme weather or a natural disaster, texting may be the only available form of communication. 2. Set up emergency text alerts. Access to television or radio could be limited. By setting up emergency text alerts with USAA and your local governments, you can increase the chances of staying connected wherever you end up. 3. Use mobile banking apps. Having easy access to your funds can save a lot of headaches in the aermath of a storm. Use the USAA Mobile App on Android™ or iPhone® smartphones. 4. Report a claim. USAA members can report a claim, get coverage and deductible information, schedule an appraisal, reserve a rental car, find a USAA-ap- proved repair shop, and check the status of their claim — all through the USAA Mobile App, USAA. com or by calling us at 1-210-531-USAA (8722) or toll-free at 1-800-531-USAA (8722). 5. Download emergency service apps. Emergency service apps give you access to important resources, such as the American Red Cross. 6. Purchase a car phone charger and spare battery. If power is out for an extended period, your car can be a valuable source of energy for your mobile devices. 7. Make sure your apps are updated. Periodically check emergency-related mobile apps to make sure they're up-to-date and functioning. Test them again when you receive news that a storm may be approaching. Reprinted with permission from a USAA online article posted Nov. 2, 2015. How to Prep Your Mobile Devices for a Storm

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