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Prepping for storms and hurricanes with technology

While Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the Atlantic coast after causing devastation in the Bahamas and continuing to impact the United States, many Atlantic Canadians are stocking up on essentials and preparing for a significant storm that could bring flooding as well as power outages to the region. In this digital age, there are many tech tools available to help you prepare and safely weather the storm.

First-hand experiences with first aid app

Recently, I had a couple panic-inducing situations with my five-year-old nephew where I was very glad I had the Canadian Red Cross First Aid app on my phone. It helped mitigate some natural-born panic and saved my nephew some pain since my natural instincts were in direct opposition to what I should do to properly care for him.

Cyberbullying: is your home as safe as you think?

Even though colder months keep kids indoors more frequently, it’s still important to wonder where they are. Even though kids are home, most homes have access to the Internet, increasing the threat of online risks such as cyberbullying. Even inside a home, a youth can feel harassed, threatened and bullied as cyberbullying can be done anonymously and done across all social media and other online platforms.

Drones: A helpful eye in the sky

Imagine a disaster strikes and thousands upon thousands of people might be injured or trapped. How do you begin to assess the damage? Map out the impacted area? Determine where you are most needed? By using new innovations like drones, humanitarian organizations can get where they are needed faster.

More than ever, Canadians are turning to tech during disasters

63 per cent of Canadians have experienced an emergency or disaster, and the average number of disasters have doubled in the last 30 years. According to a new survey, when a disaster or emergency hits, Canadians are turning online for services, support, and up-to-date information. 

Good news Canada, your phone can save your life!

Your phone has the power to send you life-saving alerts. By broadcasting alerts through your cell phone, the system can send geo-targeted alerts and warn you directly of any imminent danger. If your cell phone is compatible you will hear a distinct tone that will be followed by a message.

Solar power means a brighter future for healthcare

Imagine relying on candlelight to be able to deliver heathcare. In remote parts of Liberia’s Bomi county, this has been the reality for healthcare workers - and is one of the examples that Sayba Tamba, Secretary General of the Liberian Red Cross Society when she said, “the state of health facilities in Bomi demands immediate intervention if we are to save lives.” 

When you can't phone home: what to do when phones are down

Many of us consider our phones our connection to the rest of the world and with phones featuring smart functions and apps, they often feel like our lives are contained in this device. But what do you do if phone lines go down?

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