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5 Ways Your Smartphone Could Be Your Emergency Kit

5 Ways Your Smartphone Could Be Your Emergency Kit

It’s common sense to have an emergency kit around in case the worst happens—disasters in the news have clearly demonstrated their necessity. We’ve shown you how to put together emergency kits here, and while the traditional view of a first aid kit doesn’t involve technology, your smartphone is an essential piece of the puzzle. Here are 5 ways your smartphone can be your emergency kit.

Install a flashlight app

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    In the event of a disaster, one of the first things to be affected is the electricity that powers the lights, knocking you into the dark. A flashlight app can cover the bases in case this situation happens. Two amazing apps are are Apple’s Flashlight App and Android’s Flashlight SOS Code. Both offer several types of light which can be useful. Aside from the multi-colored lights, you can utilize both the LED for high-power light, and if necessary switch to the dimmer light of the phone screen in order to save battery. Both apps also are capable of sending out in SOS signals in Morse Code.

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    Utilize a first aid app

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      Applying emergency first aid procedures during a stressful situation is especially difficult if you aren’t trained. The Red Cross App and Pocket First Aid & CPR are two great apps that put the information at your fingertips. Step-by-step instructions and videos are found in both, allowing you to utilize the correct and proper techniques without worry.

      Store important documents on your phone

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        Every emergency kit should contain your important documents. While physical copies are always the best to have of your essential files, storing digital copies is the next best thing. You can store digital copies on the local storage in your phone and online with Google Drive (IOS/Android) and Dropbox (IOS/Andoid). With Google drive and Dropbox, you’ll be able to access these documents without a computer.

        Find friends and family with GPS

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          In times of disaster and when you can’t send a message or make a call, knowing where your family and friends are is essential. That’s where apps like Life360 and Find my Friends (IOS/Android) become essential. If you’re on the move and don’t have time to call or send a message, informing your family and friends of your continuously changing location is vital.

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          Know what to do with survival apps

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            So you’ve survived the disaster—what now? The Army Survival Guide (IOS/Android) covers basic survival techniques should you find yourself in the wild, while the official FEMA app contains information you can utilize to stay safe before (checklists), during (appropriate action/s) and after the disaster (it lists FEMA disaster recovery centers). The combined knowledge of both apps will cover almost all situations you’ll encounter.

            Download offline maps

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                During an emergency, knowing exactly where you are in an unfamiliar area is essential. Downloading offline maps to save battery and for use in a situation where there’s no data or GPS access can make the difference. Google Maps offers offline access, and if you feel better with backup information, Galileo Offline Maps is an excellent app as well. Both apps’ ability to work without data access and GPS signal will also lengthen the life of your phone’s battery during times of crisis.

                Utilize an ICE Emergency Standard Card App

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                  If you are ever in a situation where you are incapacitated or unable to speak to medical personal treating you, the ICE Standard Emergency card app (IOS/Android) is what you need to let them know of any special conditions you have or medicine you need. It lists special contacts, conditions, allergies, medical devices and blood type and any other information you feel may be useful i.e. insurance information.

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                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                  Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                  Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                  Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                  In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                  1. ScheduleOnce

                    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                    Available on Web

                    2. Calendly

                      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                      3. Assistant.to

                        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                        Available on Web

                        4. Acuityscheduling

                          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                          5. Pick

                            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                            Available on Web

                            6. X.ai

                              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                              Available on Web

                              7. YouCanBook.me

                                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                Available on Web

                                8. Doodle

                                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                  9. WhenAvailable

                                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                    Available on Web

                                    10. Rally

                                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                      Available on Web

                                      11. NeedtoMeet

                                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                        Available on Web

                                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                        The Bottom Line

                                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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