From the Farmer’s Almanac to Wireless Emergency Alerts, warning the masses about impending disaster has become more efficient and effective, thanks to new technology. Today, it’s easier than ever to be informed about severe weather and other potential emergencies in your area.
Are you tech ready? Here are a few tips for using technology to help you prepare for emergencies:
- Start with the Ready Georgia Mobile App: Our free mobile app helps you with all three steps of preparedness:
- Be Informed: Geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts notify you before a disaster occurs.
- Make a Plan: Access (or create) your custom Ready profile, including the family communications plan that will help you reconnect with loved ones if you are separated during an emergency.
- Build a Kit: Use the Ready kit checklist to keep track of the items that you need to purchase.
- Set digital calendar reminders: Your digital calendar helps you remember everything from soccer games to doctor’s appointments. Why not preparedness? By creating timely reminders, you’ll never forget to revisit your emergency preparedness efforts and keep your Ready kit fully stocked.
- Use text messages, social media and email instead of phone calls: Since mobile networks can become overwhelmed during emergencies, use these platforms to connect with friends and family during emergencies. Text messages require less bandwidth and social media channels can also be an effective way to let family and friends know you’re OK. Facebook’s Safety Check feature allows users to easily post a status update indicated that they are safe during a time of disaster.
- Pick up a mobile device emergency charger: Since smartphones have become a vital tool to receive emergency alerts and warnings, it’s important to make sure you can keep them powered up in an emergency. You can stock an extra external battery or charging case to provide short-term power, but to ensure that you have charging capabilities for long-term outages you may want to consider hand-crank or solar power options.
- Store important documents in a safe location: Use your camera phone to capture electronic versions of important documents such as insurance policies and identification documents. Make sure to back up your computer to protect photos and other personally important electronic documents.
Since disasters can develop quickly, being tech savvy can help make sure you and your loved ones are prepared and informed 24/7. As technological resources continue to rapidly advance, make sure you stay up-to-date with all they have to offer. For more tips on being Tech Ready, visit the Tech Ready page.