Digital Lifelines: How apps can help during a disaster

(NBC News) For many, technology has become a lifeline in the weeks surrounding Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

App platforms such as Zello Walkie Talkie App provide easy ways to call for help, organize volunteers and even reach out to friends and family. The app won’t work without cellphone service, but it uses much less bandwidth than a phone call.

“It works really great even when the networks are marginal, terrible or 2g,” says Zello founder, Bill Moore.

The Red Cross Emergency App, as well as GasBuddy, are also very helpful during storms. The Red Cross App will help locate nearby shelters, track the storm, and give out helpful safety tips. GasBuddy will save time by showing what gas stations are out of gas.

Updates on road conditions are available through navigation apps such as Waze and Google Maps.

For on-the-go news and weather, WSAV has two apps that can help.

Our news and weather apps bring you the latest weather alerts, closings, and updates on your local area.

Click here to download in the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

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