Hurricane Irma: Technological aid in the face of natural disasters

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In the last few days we have seen the lamentable devastation to natural disasters, as Hurricane Harvey has left 50 dead and many material damages in the United States, Hurricane Irma, which continues to wreak havoc in the Caribbean, being the largest has been seen in history, to the point that experts considered adding one more category to the scale of Saffir-Simpson, following the wake are the hurricanes Jose and Katia, categories 4 and 2 respectively and the tremor of a magnitude of 8.2 in Mexico , leaving at least 58 dead in Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca.

Although the technology advances in very great strides, we still do not get a way to avoid or prevent exactly when these phenomena will happen, but if it can help us to react to these events, for this reason we bring you a list of tools of communication and alerts that can serve us and our closest friends when these events happen.

Bridefy

It is available for iOS and Android, is a messaging application that does not require access to any network. The tool works with your device’s wifi (for this reason it should be on), you can chat, send photos and videos with friends you have between your contacts and also allows you to make a public broadcast to detect people within a radius of up to 80 yards . For more information visit its website.

Zello Walkie-Talkie

Use your phone as a walkie talkie or two-way radio as long as you have a network or WiFi connection. Users can join channels and instantly send voice messages or photos. For more information go to their website.

GasBuddy

This is an application only for the United States for now, if you have a relative that is currently there, you can share this tool because it lets you know where there is gas in your neighborhood and community, and what are the fuel prices. For more information visit http://www.gasbuddy.com/.

Nextdoor

It allows you to create a private social network for your neighborhood or community, it is the best way to stay informed about what is happening around you, in this case, emergencies such as a hurricane, but also to touch on community issues. For more information visit https://nextdoor.com/.

NOAA World Radar

This is an application from the National Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that is available to download for your smartphone as “NOAA World Radar – Weather, Rain and Hurricanes” and works in many countries internationally and in a variety of languages.

It has a free version and provides information on the hurricane route, wind speed, quadrants and more. In Google Play it’s called “NOAA Weather and Radar Alerts” but it has essentially the same features as the iOS version.

To download it visit the itunes site.

Google

This big technology company has activated:

SOS Alert: Reports on the category of the hurricane and its location, which can be shared on social networks.

Map of Crisis: homologous tool of Google Maps dedicated to show atmospheric events around the world, allows you to know the level of public alert by zones, shelters and if they have available positions.

If you know of any other tool, please let us know to help others.

 

Huracán Irma / Hurricane Irma

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