As eastern states brace for the worst of Hurricane Sandy, here are several tips to help your dealership to safely handle cold and snow in the storm’s aftermath. Take actions to protect employees from injuries and illnesses, minimize damage and recover quicker following a winter storm situation. Here’s a quick video to help you get ready.
Also, here are some helpful apps for your smartphone to help you prepare, remain connected, and stay safe during weather emergencies:
Android and iPhone
This is a great app to keep your important files safe, even if your computer is inaccessible. If you have copies of your most important files stored in a Dropbox account, you can access them from anywhere. Essentially, Dropbox uses cloud storage. Install the program on your PC or Mac, upload files to your folder, and they are instantly available on all your other computers. And with the app, everything can be found on your mobile devices as well. Don’t have network access? Don’t worry. If you starred your important files, you can still get them on your phone.
5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite
During a disaster, everyone hears rumors. What’s really going on? The answer might be on police band radio, which you can pick up using this free app on your phone. This isn’t talk radio; it’s an unfiltered feed from police scanners, firefighters and other emergency public-safety officers. While it shouldn’t be your only news source, it’s worth listening in.
Android users, try the free Scanner Radio app.
MotionX GPS Drive
If you have an iPhone, MotionX GPS Drive is the cheapest and most popular way to guide you out of town on an unfamiliar route. The software even will work without a cellular signal, if you plan ahead and download and cache maps. It provides live traffic, turn-by-turn navigation, up-to-date maps and search, Facebook Places and Wikipedia integration.
For help with your local traffic and commutes, Android and iPhone users might consider theWaze app, too. This app provides free navigation and connects you to your local driving community.
American Red Cross: Shelter View
When an emergency is at hand, the American Red Cross steps in to provide shelter. That’s great as long as you know where the shelter is. American Red Cross: Shelter View shows you where to go.
Currently, this app is not available for Android, but you can still go online to search for a Red Cross shelter.
When a hurricane is approaching, you don’t want a storm-tracker map from three hours ago; you want the latest official maps, data and projections. This hurricane-tracking app is for serious weather junkies and people who want to be better-informed as they make decisions.
For Android, try the free Hurricane Software app.
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