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Digitally Preparing for Natural Disasters

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Digitally Preparing for Natural Disasters

Digitally Preparing for Natural Disasters

Hurricane season (June 1st – November 30th) is right around the corner. As we prepare for potential high winds, heavy rain, storm surge and flooding, let’s take a look at how technology can help keep us informed and up-to-date in the case of an emergency.

Cell phones can be a lifeline when disaster strikes, so conserving battery life is essential. A traditional car charger or USB plug will run you about $10 or less. Portable chargers or power banks, which are basically batteries that you charge and use on the go, range from $10 – $40. Another option is a power strip, which allows you to charge several devices at once. During a power outage, you can conserve battery life by turning off WIFI and/or Bluetooth, adjusting screen brightness, using Power Saver mode if available, and limiting use.

Prepare your phone’s contact list by inputting important numbers ahead of time, including family members, doctors, pharmacies, co-workers, and your utility company. Also consider scanning your important documents and storing them electronically on a USB drive or Cloud storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Next, let’s explore some helpful websites and smartphone apps.

Local Online Resources:

  • To stay in the know with the most up to date information for Citrus County, Like and Follow the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. This page is updated as new, accurate information is confirmed.
  • You can locate your nearest evacuation shelter using the map on Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations page.


  • Clime: NOAA Weather Radar Live is an all-in-one weather tracker right on your device. Get real-time radar images, severe weather alerts, accurate weather forecasts and much more.
  • The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
  • Zello turns your phone into a walkie talkie and works anywhere in the world as long as you are connected to the internet.

For more information on the apps and services mentioned, stop by or call one of our Citrus County Library System branches. Technology classes are held throughout the county on a wide range of topics. Head over to for a full listing of events.

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