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How Your Smartphone Can Help in an Emergency

Patrick Tobias seals his phone in a bag after taking a picture of his flooded car, behind, as he stands in floodwater from Tropical Storm Harvey Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas.

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[by Marc Saltzman]

The catastrophic events caused by Hurricane Harvey put smartphones to the test, raising the question about what our trusty mobile companions can do to help in crises like these.

After all, we rely on these pocket-sized supercomputers for much of our lives, in a normal state, so surely they can be useful during natural disasters, among other grave situations one might find themselves in.

Your survival plan should include your smartphone, and there are a few things you can do in advance for emergency preparedness, but you won’t be able to rely on your mobile device for everything.

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