#13 More Hurricane Prep: Tools You Can Use

There are many tools you can use to communicate during a disaster and also during an emergency that may occur other than during a hurricane.

We have posted information on some of them before, but they are important to revisit now.  We also have found some additional useful tools you can use.

Smart 911

This is the service provided by a large number of public safetysmart911 agencies and is important to have not just in the case of a disaster.

It allows first responders to access the information you have provided before they arrive to help you.  They would know your medical situation, any medications you are on or allergies you may have.  In the event of a fire, they would have information such as how to get into your house, where the utilities can be shut off, etc.  For other emergencies,  it can provide important facts they may need immediately.   In addition, it will provide the name and number of someone to contact if the need arises.

For more information and to sign up, go to smart911.com.  Also interesting are the pages on “How It Works”  and “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Medical ID

This is another very useful tool that is housed in your iPhone.  In the case of an accident, first responders need to know your ongoing medical situation as well as who to contact.  If your cell phone is locked, they can’t access any information that is in it.  This feature, which is on the front of the phone on the screen where you put in your password, allows them to access this information.  The only information that is there is what you put into the accompanying app. You or someone else can also make an emergency call without going into your cell phone.

To find out more about it click here.

For information on devices other than the Apple iPhone, click here.

To see a review of privacy concerns, click here.

CodeRED

CodeRED logo

We have posted information on CodeRed before. This is the method that the Town of Seabrook Island offers to give you severe weather warnings via telephone, text and/or email.

You can choose to receive notifications about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and/or flash floods. Please remember, hurricane notices can be several days out and you should take action before CodeRED announces any imminent danger.

To sign up, go to the Town of Seabrook Island website http://www.townofseabrookisland.org/

In the upper right-hand corner, click on the words “Emergency Preparedness.” At that point, there are several buttons on the right side. Click on the button that says “CodeRED” and sign up.  You can limit the way you receive the information to just phone, email or text or receive it on all of them.  You can also list several telephone numbers.

Twitter

Tidelines listened to its readers when they asked for a way to find out about emergencies without going to their email.  We looked into several different social media apps and found that Twitter best fit our needs.

You only have to “follow” people or companies that you select.  In addition, you can receive a notification (a noise such as a bell) for only Tidelines, even if you follow other people.

For information on TidelinesAlert, our Twitter account, and how to sign up for Twitter, go to our post on June 11 by clicking here.

Local Alerts

SIPOA: The link to their website is https://sipoa.org/

Town of Seabrook Island:  Their website is http://www.townofseabrookisland.org/

Tidelines

We have published in the past and will continue to publish other information you can use. To access all the Tidelines posts that have been sent out this year on preparing for a disaster, click here. It is never too late to complete some of the suggestions.

In the event of a disaster, our volunteers have devised a plan to cover it as we have in the past.  We will work as diligently as we did for Hurricane Matthew and the floods of 2015 to give you up updates.

Remember, be prepared; stay safe.

Tidelines Editors

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