If you are in Florida for #HiurricaneIrma, and you need help, this is a great app to use to reach help when 9-1-1 is overloaded, and landlines are down due to flooding or damage. It basically turns your cell phone to a walkie talkie. And it turned out to be a life saver. . . We used it during Hurricane Harvey for contacting boat crews to direct them to homes where people were flooded and stuck in attic and on roofs. We used it to take rescue requests from victims who had heard about the app on social media. We used it to put boaters together with local law enforcement when the looters began shooting. Dispatchers used it to direct rescue teams about road conditions (and vice versa when they ran across things) when the Waze app couldn't keep up with changing road conditions. . . Yes, you have to have cellular service or wifi. Our experience in Houston proved that not everyone diaster left you without cellular, but landlines we're down all over. . . I have no interest in the company or the app other than to sing it's praises in how it helped a population who were overwhelmed with the fierceness of Harvey and just needed help getting out. .. .. #hurricaneirma #hurricaneharvey #texasstrong #zello #zelloapp #askforhelp #momwithaprep #irma #cajunnavy #texasnavy
A Hurricane Irma wrecks havoc on the Caribbean, more than 1 million people downloaded walkie-talkie app Zello. It's now topped Apple's app store chart in the United States!
It's currently beating Youtube, Facebook and Snapchat!
Zello was launched in 2012, but the walkie-talkie app was ranked number one on Apple's iTunes Chart on Thursday morning after people started using it to communicate during Hurricane Harvey.
Zello is different compared to other messaging apps because people don't need to dial a phone number, or send a text. Instead they just touch and told an "echo" button to speak to each other live, and groups of up to 2,000 can be created!
Read the full article here: CNBC