How those impacted by Hurricane Florence are using social media to call for help

During moments of crisis, many people are turning to apps and social media to connect with those who can help and let loved ones know they are safe.
2:18 | 09/14/18

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Have her came Forrest county scope there are apps in there it's there are social media sites. You can use to help the call for help find shelter and to locate the loved the ones you love ABC victory were early you have to be killed in San Francisco in good morning. Do you Becky and how can people use Smartphones social media to reach out for help incapable natural disaster like this. Yet you're so right Michael it's not too late tip crap you are Smartphones this is a lifeline. Now 911 should always be your first call but if you can't reach them and you still have some data connection or Wi-Fi. A few apps that can really help the first ones LO. It's currently the number one social media app and here's why it turns your phone. Into a two way radio sort of like a scene be it works on even the weakest Wi-Fi or sell signal. It allows you to join channels on various topics like the hurricane and talk to other people you can listen for people who need help reach out for help yourself. And the fact that it works on south just slim cell signal might help in an emergency. Another app crowd source rescue it maps people in need of rescue. Often stranded by this high water that you just talking about with a cajun navy and and it connects them when volunteers. People of boats trucks. The app makers has over 35000. People have been rescued this way in previous hurricanes. And they are active as Lawrence is making landfall and I want to mention one more. You've probably heard of next door in a non crisis you join you had planned garage sales with your neighbors. But in a crisis it may be the most hyper local source of information and you can post if you need help might call. And in Becky what if you need all connected to be those work under a slim connected to what about if you lose it all what can you do. There is one act you half didn't download is bands that you still have a signal there's still time. It's called fire chat it works by creating a network of phone to phone. A connections almost like walkie talkies you have to be physically close to another user still works in neighborhoods or apartment buildings. It's not optimal but if you're an emergency could connect you to a neighbor especially if you all agree in advance to install it at power in numbers here. All right Becky thank you so much for that great advice really appreciate it.

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