Zello is a free app that works like a walkie-talkie, if your walkie-talkie had much wider range. Using cell service and Wi-Fi, the app allows people to beep into a wide-ranging conversations. Some of those conversations are centered on geographic areas such as Miami, around which people seemed to be coordinating rescue efforts amid the rising floodwaters of Hurricane Irma. Read more...

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A walkie-talkie app is helping people get through hurricanes

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As Hurricane Irma flooded the streets of Miami on Sunday afternoon, voice after voice beeped to life in a Miami channel on the walkie-talkie app, Zello. 

One person said his food was wet, and asked if anyone might come help him evacuate. Another said he was compiling a database of people with boats and others willing to volunteer to any rescue effort. Others asked simple questions such as, "what category is the hurricane?" and "how's everybody doing in Miami?"

Zello is a free app that works like a walkie-talkie, if your walkie-talkie had much wider range. Using cell service and Wi-Fi, the app allows people to beep into a wide-ranging conversations. Some of those conversations are centered on geographic areas such as Miami, around which people seemed to be coordinating rescue efforts amid the rising floodwaters of Hurricane Irma. Read more...

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