If it seems that we cannot part with something today, that something would undoubtedly be our smartphones, devices that are functional in giving us hours of leisure, but which are also particularly important in situations emergencies such as earthquakes.
This Monday afternoon, Mexico City and other entities of the Mexican Republic suffered the ravages of a new seismic movement originating in the Michoacán coast that arrived with an intensity of 7.4 on the Richter scale.
Fortunately, the event was nothing more than a scare for the general populace; however, it is yet another reminder of the importance of remaining vigilant and prepared for these unpredictable natural phenomena which have proved particularly catastrophic on more than one occasion.
Among the recommendations of organizations specializing in the prevention and control of natural disasters, the one that speaks of always having an emergency backpack at hand, in which certain basic survival elements such as flashlights, first aid items, water and important personal documents, for example, which allow to face a risk scenario at a given time.
In addition to having this important assistant at your fingertips, it never hurts to activate certain services and applications on our smartphone to make our smartphone an ally in complex situations such as an earthquake.
At present, some platforms can be very useful when, for example, conventional communication lines become saturated or to keep us informed when telecommunication services are intermittent.
Smartphones in the event of an earthquake: the basics to be always prepared
To this we must add some complementary gadgets that can be very useful at times when we can be so vulnerable to a natural phenomenon such as earthquakes, of which we can know little before it occurs and whose dimensions are known once the disaster is done.
That’s why we share 5 services, applications and gadgets that you must know and must make your smartphones the best allies in the event of an accident.
In addition to the traditional earthquake detection applications that we are all familiar with, it is worth recognizing a few that will help us once the event is over:
An application created by Mexicans that offers a service similar to WhatsApp or Telegram with the big difference that it is able to work offline. This means that it uses the Bluetooth functions of smartphones to create direct device-to-device communication networks within a range of up to 100 meters. Available on iOS and Android.
History has shown that in the event of an earthquake or any other natural phenomenon, there is no better way to anticipate what to do than to be informed. The radio is always a very useful medium for this purpose and with TuneIn it is possible to access more than 100,000 radio stations, with a preference for the geographical location of the user, to be always up to date, even if we don’t have internet connection.
In an emergency, it is necessary to have all these essential personal documents at hand and that in the event of a hasty departure, we cannot take them out of the drawer. Our smartphones can become a perfect digital file for such documentation thanks to Google Drive. Once scanned, they can be stored with the option of being shared with certain contacts, which will save us a lot of headaches.
A long-lasting power bank is essential both to always carry in our everyday bag and to include in our security backpack. This will ensure that even if we don’t have access to electricity, our smartphones are still available to be those communication allies and sources of information.
It is true that wireless hearing aids have become a great ally for our times, offering unparalleled comfort and battery performance. However, we must remember that their batteries will always run out and that in the event of an extreme emergency we cannot guarantee the proper functioning of the speakers of our smartohones or their connection functions via Bluetooth. Having a few of these basics will always be important.