A lot of us depend on our cell phones for communication in weather like this.

But the cold temperatures can also be bad for them.

Karen Schulz with Verizon Wireless advises against leaving wireless devices in vehicles or places exposed to the cold.

“Those low temperatures can really drain the battery very quickly and it can make the components in the phone more fragile,” Schulz says.  “So, you want to kind of treat that phone like you would yourself or your pet and kind of keep it close to you.”

She also recommends to keep wireless phones, tablets, hotspots, netbooks and laptops fully charged in case local power and landline phone service is lost.

Also, have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters for back-up power.

You can download apps from local media, FEMA and the Red Cross to help you track weather conditions and get important information.

And it's best to send brief text messages and limit voice calls in emergency situations to both conserve battery power and free up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations.