If you’re on the East Coast, chances are you’re hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy. We’ve put together a quick list of tech tips that may help you ride out the worst of the storm.
Power up! Remember to power up your devices in case of a power outage… Use airplane mode,Turn off wifi and dim screen brightness as much as possible to prolong battery life. Follow this link for instructions for Macbooks.
Hurricane? There’s an app for that. The American Red Cross has launched its official Hurricane App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people. This free app is the second in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. It gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes.
There are a bunch of additional apps for disaster preparedness for both Android and iOS-based phones. Android users can check out Disaster Alert by PDC Scanner Radio Pro which allows you to peruse the databases of police, fire, EMS and coast guard transit radio. Apple users can find a similar service in the Emergency Radio app, and everyone can grab the Pocket First Aid & CPR app, which gives real-time alerts on active hazards around the world.
Another essential site is 72hours.org which will help you make an emergency plan, put together a disaster kit and give you advice on what to do in a variety of situations from earthquakes and flooding to evacuation and contagious diseases.
And if worst comes to worst and you need a primer on CPR techniques, check out these tips from the American Red Cross.