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Tech Tips: Emergency Technology

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Written by Katelyn Caldwell

Recent disasters have illustrated how quickly lives can be altered by severe weather.

When there is weather-related emergency, it is important to have some version of a power supply. This can be a handheld device or a generator that can handle multiple devices at once.

Renewable energy is a key feature to look for when seeking powering options. This could be a hand-cranked device like those offered by Eton or compact solar generators from GoalZero.

Prepaid cell phones are another must for an emergency kit. They tend to hold a basic charge so they can be used immediately. This is a great safety net in case a primary phone is lost or damaged.

A Google Voice account provides users with a consistent phone number that you can use from your phone on an app or through a Google Voice account. Users must have access to the internet in order to send and receive messages, texts and make calls.

Zello is a walkie talkie app that provides immediate communication in an emergency situation. It uses existing radio systems to allow a laptop, phone or tablet to connect with others that are close by or at a distance.

The Red Cross App and Google Maps are two essential emergency apps. The Red Cross app provides maps showing impacted areas, nearby shelters and first aid tips. On Google Maps users can download maps and use them without internet connection.

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