There is an excellent article in Mashable from earlier this week that speaks to the importance of digital preparedness in an emergency. Although nothing beats actual preparedness during a disaster, there is room for technology to assist should emergencies occur. This is our take on the best of the Mashable suggestions, although every idea in the article is worth consideration:
1) Make sure you have an “ICE” or in case of emergency numbers section on your telephone. This should include all family members’ phone numbers as well as the numbers of the fire, police and rescue agencies. Also download the free FEMA app for iOS and Android phones which includes an emergency kit checklist and maps.
2) Download family organization apps to find out your loved ones are safe in an emergency. If you can’t get through to loved ones by phone, check out the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s People Locator website. You can also download their ReUnite app which is free for iOS and Android users.
3) Make sure your basics such as food, water and shelter are taken care of in an emergency. Make sure your water is safe to drink in a disaster by using the battery operated and portable SteriPEN. Just put the device in a glass of water and it will be safe to drink in only 60 seconds. If you need to eat from nature, the Wild Edibles app for iOS and Android lists which plants, fruits, roots and nuts are safe for consumption with recipes on how to prepare them. You can even use an edible rice cake or gummy iPhone case if you are fearful of being totally without food in a disaster situation. The ShelterView app by the Red Cross lets you know in a significant disaster where temporary and permanent shelters are located and the capacity of such shelters in real time.
4) Check out the LuminAID device that is a solar-powered and inflatable light source. It weighs about the same as an iPhone and can really light up an area if necessary.
We hope you find this article helpful and informative. As always, let us know if you have any original ideas for preparedness.