As many as 60 million Americans could be directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a. Frankenstorm, according to a report on CNN.
If someone you love is caught in the storm, the major cellphone providers are hoping you'll resist the urge to place a checking-in phone call and send a quick text instead.
Sending a text, as opposed to placing a phone call, will help the recipient of your good wishes save battery power, and it will also free up wireless networks for emergency workers. You also have a better chance of getting through with a text when the networks get busy, Verizon explains in a statement.
Saving battery power is going to be key for friends and family members hit by Sandy. Already 54,000 people on Long Island, N.Y., have no electricity, along with another 52,000 people in New Jersey and another 25,000 in Connecticut.