Grab some mobile tech and find out what to do in a power outage to keep yourself sane and the family safe and entertained.

Power outages are rarely expected and generally unappreciated. If it's during a particularly bad storm, a power outage can even be dangerous. But there are a ton of safe, fun things that mobile technology can help you do to get you through the darkness.

6 p.m.

It's Friday. You're clearing the table after dinner. Your spouse is loading the dishwasher, your son has already retreated to his room to play video games, and your young daughter is frolicking in your backyard with the dogs, under the floodlights.

Suddenly, the lights go out. You reach in your pocket, pull out your smartphone and open your flashlight app to make sure everyone is safe. The phone sheds enough light for your spouse to safely put down the steak knives. Then you find the kitchen drawer where you stash the flashlights and candles and retrieve your son from upstairs.

6:45 p.m.

You’re not aware of an emergency at the moment, but you need to make sure your phones are charged in case one arises—especially since you don’t have a landline. Thankfully, your mophie powerstation® plus 6040 is charged and ready to replenish the battery on not one but two of your devices. And just to be sure you stay safe, you use your weather app to check the forecast and the TuneIn app to listen to local radio broadcasts with the latest updates.

7 p.m.

You call the power company and learn that it's an outage affecting half the city that won't be fixed until the morning. Your wireless router might be down, but that doesn't mean you don't have an Internet connection. That's because you're connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network, thanks to the Verizon Jetpack® 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot-AC791L.

Power outages can be scary for the little ones. Have some fun and make a family fortress in the living room with couch cushions and blankets. Download some of the best board-game apps on the family tablet to have family game night.

8 p.m.

The winners of family game night have been declared—and the kids still have a ton of energy. You blast some jams from your music-streaming apps through a Bluetooth® speaker (like the JBL Flip 5) and have a dance party—a surefire way to tire the kids out.

After the dance party, it's time to snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie on the Verizon Ellipsis® 10 and its 10.1-inch full HD display. What could have been a disastrous night has become a family bonding experience, as the kids lie quietly on your shoulder.

10 p.m.

The movie's over, and the kids are nearly asleep. You take them to bed and reassure them that everything will be okay; the power will be back in the morning. You read children's e-books from your tablet before tucking them in for a good night's sleep.

Congratulations! You've survived the power outage. Mobile technology can help you find what to do in a power outage and how to have fun at the same time. The possibilities are nearly endless!


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