|By Wade, Jared|
Mobile apps are becoming vital resources during disasters - and for good reason. "People are stressed out, scared and seeking information," said
According to a recent
Of course, social media and online news are not always mobile. Some of these respondents are still using tethered devices. None other than
In May, smartphone usage in
So while only 20% of respondents to the
Others have developed apps with similar missions. Two leading insurance industry organizations, the
Thus far, however, insurance companies, which would seem well positioned - and well funded - to offer assistance during a disaster, are lagging. Many carriers and brokers offer general service apps to make their clients' lives easier while on the go, but few have developed catastrophe-focused apps.
A recent report from technology and market research company
Then again, while it may be surprising that many of the industry's biggest companies have not developed disaster apps, perhaps the lack of options will help keep people from growing reliant on technology during disasters. After all, catastrophes often mean no power, and no electricity means no charging a phone to use apps. So while apps and other advances will help in the future, learning the low-tech lessons of past disasters will always be the best way to remain safe when disaster strikes.
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