Free App Called ‘Zello’ Can Save Lives During The Hurricane
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Do you have a plan for communication if cell towers go down and you’re unable to call 911 during the Hurricane?
Zello has risen to the top Apple and Android stores in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and in the days ahead of Hurricane Irma. So, what is it and why has it rapidly gained so much popularity?
Zello is a free app that transforms your phone into a walkie talkie or two-way radio, giving those stranded during hazardous conditions a way to call for help.
Lehigh Acres Gazette Zello name is LAGazette we also have a special channel called Lehigh Acres Gazette.
If stranded, you can radio in your location on specific channels. Rescuers on that channel will then hear your call and respond accordingly.
According To NBC News, first responders used the app to radio in their locations while dispatchers coordinated rescues. Users quickly used the app to create separate channels to target specific areas of Houston.
It is important to note that your phone doesn’t become an actual walkie talkie and that wifi or network service is required. But, if you’re 911 is down, Zello may become your only option.