How Your Smartphone Can Help You in Case of Emergencies
For the last few years, everyone has been raving about smartphones. They’ve been touted as among the best gadgets that ever existed for humans. And with the dozens of apps that are readily available on Apple Store and Google Play, smartphones have taken its role to a higher level — making our lives easier even in the case of emergency.
That’s right, your smartphone can prove more than just a call and text device during emergency scenarios. Read on and find out how.
* Use your smartphone to find the latest information about an approaching storm. Since you can browse websites with your smartphone, might as well bookmark useful sites, such as http://m.fema.gov to check out safety tips for extreme heat, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, thunderstorms, and more.
* Use your smartphone to store important contact details. Aside from your family and friends’ contact numbers, store the emergency hotlines of police, fire departments, poison control center, and so forth. Keep in mind that emergencies comes in different forms and degree; and often, they occur when you least expect them. When a disaster hits, it’s typical to easily panic, but at least you’ll have important contact numbers within your reach.
* Educate family members on how you’ll contact one another disaster strikes and you’re not together.
*Take advantage of weather alerts sent to cell phones. Recently, FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System has partnered with National Weather Service to be able to send emergency weather alerts to mobile devices and help people from affected areas prepare even before extreme weather conditions hit the premises.