How apps and social media help Floridians get through Irma

Whether people were directed to evacuate or stock up on supplies and remain indoors, mobile technologies along with Twitter and Facebook became essential communication channels.

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Instead of persuading people to use phone numbers instead of the internet—such as the Coast Guard did after Harvey hit—Florida officials embraced social media and mobile technology to prepare for Irma, especially in areas where evacuation was necessary.

Crowdsourced information via mobile apps

A few apps became crucial sources of information as fuel and other supplies ran low.

On Thursday, TechCrunch reported:

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott told state residents to turn to apps and other online resources, including Gas Buddy, Google Maps, Expedia and Comcast’s Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot finder, to help them find fuel, navigate safely, and stay connected both ahead of and following Hurricane Irma’s arrival.

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