Why social media apps should be in your disaster kit

If you aren’t already familiar with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, it’s about time you learn about them. Social media has become a unique communication tool during times of crisis, elections and to help disseminate breaking news or organize community groups.  Many of these apps are free in the iPhone store or on Google Play for Android, and others are also available online through their respective websites. 

With floodwaters at four feet and rising, a family in Houston, Texas abandoned their possessions and scrambled to their roof during Hurricane Harvey to sit with their pets and await rescue. Unable to reach first responders through 911 and with no one visible nearby, they used their cellphones to send out a call for help through a social media application called Nextdoor.

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Alert: All eyes on Hurricane Irma as storm becomes a Category 4

Hurricane warnings were issued Monday for portions of the Leeward Islands, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Irma is currently a Category 4 storm — Harvey level, according to national weather officials.
AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel suggests: “Have emergency supplies ready”.

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Houston is mourning the lives of two volunteer heroes, and two others are still lost

Tragic, this is the second story I’ve heard of heroic volunteers dying trying to rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey flooding. Apparently, in some areas the electrical lines still have power and can kill.

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