Spotty Data or Internet after Hurricane Michael? Try these Apps to Communicate

Thousands of residents are without power after Hurricane Michael barreled through the Florida panhandle and across Georgia Wednesday and Thursday. Telephone lines are down in many areas. Some people have reported spotty cell phone service and internet service in Michael’s aftermath, likely because of the continued power outages. Yet others, perhaps only a few miles away, report reliable cell phone service and internet service.

What should you do if you are without communications? It is probably to late to fix the problems now but you might want to be prepared for the next outage. After all, Michael won’t be the last hurricane to visit the Florida panhandle and Georgia. Several apps for your smartphone can improve your preparations. They also have many uses besides hurricane emergencies.

Perhaps the most popular app for communicating during disasters when telephone service and even cell phone voice service is unavailable is called Zello.

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Pentagon’s New Next-Gen Weapons Systems Are Laughably Easy To Hack

Your tax dollars at work! Well, that’s true if you pay taxes in the USofA.

New computerized weapons systems currently under development by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) can be easily hacked, according to a report published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress.

The report detailed some of the most eye-catching hacks GAO testers performed during their analysis:

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Database Shows Information on School Shootings in US

Two postgraduate students in California have put together an unusual database. It has information on every school shooting in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

One of the database creators, David Riedman, says his site allows you to search 16 different categories, ranging from suicides to fights. He calls his database a good tool for school administrators building budgets and making plans for school security.

You can learn more in a video on the WIVB-TV web site at: http://bit.ly/2OhNrCl.

How to use Zello, the Walkie-Talkie App people are Downloading Ahead of Hurricane Florence

If Hurricane Florence is coming to your area, you need to download Zello in your smartphone. Details may be found in an article by Avery Hartmans in the Business Insider web site at: https://read.bi/2OgeBFG.

Also, see the earlier articles about Zello published here in the PrivacyBlog by starting at: https://privacyblog.com/?s=zello.

Cajun Navy, Houstonians are Preparing to Respond to Louisiana during and after Tropical Storm Gordon

This article isn’t about privacy, but I will suggest it does show an example of people being prepared for an emergency. Are you prepared?

On March 30, I published an article entitled, The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Others Uses Also. Click here to read the earlier article. In that article, I described why I think everyone should have the Zello walkie-talkie app installed on their cell phones. This is especially true for anyone who lives in areas where hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, forest fires, and similar disasters happen frequently.

The people of Louisiana and the Cajun Navy did step up to help Houston in 2017 during Hurricane Harvey. And now, with Tropical Storm Gordon swirling in the Gulf of Mexico, headed towards Louisiana again, Houstonians are keeping an eye on the radar in case Louisiana needs help recovering after the rainfall. Several communication channels titled with a variation of the ‘Cajun Navy’ are now listed on Zello- a cellphone app that allows users to communicate like they would via walkie talkie.

You can read more at: https://tinyurl.com/yasyhjze.

The Cajun Navy Deploys Modern Technology to Assist a Louisiana Family

I have written before about the Zello app and its use by the Cajun Navy. You can see my earlier article, The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Others Uses Also, at http://bit.ly/2Ej5vlB. Now Todd Terrell, Admiral of the United Cajun Navy and head of the non-profit organization bearing the same name, was recently called to action when a 32-year-old woman from his hometown of Baton Rouge disappeared in Lake Pontchartrain off the coast of New Orleans.

The story did not have a happy ending but nonetheless proved the worth of the communications app Zello and of non-profit search-and-rescue organizations, such as the Cajun Navy. You might want to read my earlier article at http://bit.ly/2Ej5vlB and then read the latest update at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3895794.