TechBits: Disaster Preps (02.27.13)

Technology companies are trying to keep people safe in disasters.

The Mobile Guardian app lets you contact rescue workers with just a few taps on your smart phone screen. {}In addition to sending a call for help, it also sends GPS coordinates. {}The app even lets you contact friends through a contact list and social networking. {}There's also a button you can use to let everyone know you're OK.

The Spare One{}emergency phone can help give you peace of mind if a disaster knocks out your power, and you can't charge your phone {}It's loaded with a battery that is not activated until you pull a tab. {}That gives it a long shelf life. {}Even without mobile service configured, it can still dial 911. {}If you put in your phone's SIM card, you can also dial other numbers.