USA Today has a list of excellent tips on how to prepare your smartphone for disaster conditions.
If you’re preparing for a hurricane, your survival plan should include your smartphone. But you’ll want to do a few things in advance to make sure it will work, and actually be helpful in an emergency. And it’s a good time to remember: you won’t be able to rely on your mobile device for everything.
The author’s checklist is impeccable.
Apple has released an update today on its disaster relief efforts. Over US$13 million has been raised to help provide shelter, food, clean water, and other services for communities affected by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. And US$1 million has been raised for Puerto Rico. Apple employees volunteered with storm preparations and recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, and Mexico. In Texas, employees shared their homes with displaced families. In Mexico, employees handed out food to soldiers and others in need. And after the storms, Apple Stores were open to everyone in need of Wi-Fi, smartphone charging, and other volunteer efforts. Apple is also making it easy to donate through the App Store and iTunes Store. Donations by employees to certain charities are being matched by the company two to one.
With the US battling both fire and water, it’s a good time to review your own readiness, both in gear and in software. Kelly has some tips for both to help you be prepared.
Kelly Guimont and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s bid for the James Bond franchise, plus they talk about emergency preparedness resources and apps.