Every Sunday night I receive an email from Dave Robinson who is a postmaster in Bandon, Ore.. Now this may sound a bit odd but Mr. Robinson is the author of Disaster Prep for the Rest of us and the email I receive weekly is tips on preparing for disasters of all types.
While what he writes about often has little value to what we experience here in Manitoba – we don’t normally get earthquakes and tsunamis here and we get a lot colder and have a lot more snow – but, the odd time there’s something we can relate to.
I thought I would share a bit of this week’s column with you. An increasing number of us think of our smart phone as an extension of us and Mr. Robinson talks about how it just may actually help us when we need it most.
With the ongoing popularity of smart phones, it only makes sense to download one or more applications (apps) that will enhance your phone’s usefulness in the event of a disaster. Most of today’s smart phones come equipped with GPS capability that can link with other apps. For example, I have an app on my phone called iTriage. This app was designed by a team of Emergency Room doctors. It will help in all kinds of on-the-spot emergency medical needs including a listing of nearby medical facilities. When choosing a hospital or trauma center, the GPS will then guide you to medical help. I realize that sounds like a bit of overkill, unless I’m visiting San Francisco and don’t know my way around, then it suddenly becomes very valuable. All that from a free app. (All the apps mentioned in this column are free.)
Another is simply called “First Aid.” It was developed by The American Red Cross and puts expert advice in your hands. This app is available for both iPhone and Android devices and allows instant access to the information you need to handle the most common first aid emergencies. It includes videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.
Every day it seems there are new applications available. If you shop around, or have an area of particular interest, there is a free app to meet your need. Learn to use the technology we have available to make your disaster preparations fun and productive.
Now I haven’t checked to see if the apps Mr. Robinson mentions are available in Canada but I’m sure there’s a version of them out there somewhere that we can access. After all, there’s an app for everything, is there not?