Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke at a press conference and advised state residents to use their mobile apps and online resources, like Expedia, Gas Buddy, and Google Maps. These apps and online resources can help them in finding fuel and navigate safely. They can also assist in staying connected with their family and friends before, during and after the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
Florida’s disaster prep teams are working with Google Emergency Response to check road closures in real-time through Google Maps. It would help avoid the GPS from sending those people who are getting to shelter to danger zones. During the hurricane, emergency responders may have difficulty in tracking blocked roads.
“We’re coordinating with Google’s emergency response team to prepare to close roads in Google Maps in real-time in the event that Hurricane Irma forces a closure of any roads in the aftermath of the storm.” — Governor Scott
Google uses algorithmic and manual methods to account for emergency road closures. It’s working with the Florida officials to provide up-to-date information to those users who are affected by the storm. Apart from Google Maps, the road closures will also appear on Irma Crisis Map.
The governor encouraged people not to flee the state altogether. Instead, they should find shelter nearby because there’s already heavy traffic on the main highways.
In this time of crisis, the lack of available gasoline can be frustrating. Some gas stations have long lines while others run out of gas entirely. The reason for this is that people are preparing for evacuations, so they filled their gas tanks.
The governor stated that the government is doing everything it can to help with the fuel shortages. It’s working with the gas companies, federal authorities and distributors, as well as other states, to resolve fuel shortages.
The law enforcers will escort trucks while going to the gas stations. In this way, they can go there faster.
If you’re having difficulty in finding gas stations, you can use the Gas Buddy app, which is also a great resource for finding a station with fuel.
Gas Buddy is an app known for its ability to locate the gas stations that offer the lowest prices for gas in your location. When you encounter a station that’s out of fuel, you can note it in the app so you can help others.
To tell other users, the app activated its fuel availability tracker to provide information about stations that lack power or fuel, which is sourced from the user base.
Gas Buddy has been updated to made icons, like no gas and no power, easier to read.
Hundreds of gas stations in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have fuel shortages. In Miami, 30 percent of its gas stations are out of gas. It’s one of the cities that are without fuel.
Waze app is also more useful before the hurricane’s landfall. This tool is excellent in helping you find out traffic incidents, speeds and other hazards in real-time.
The governor also noted that Comcast opens 137,000 hotspots so that people can stay connected. The Wi-Fi hotspots will be available for free across the state even to non-Xfinity customers and subscribers. In addition to Comcast, At&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are also setting up other Wi-Fi hotspots.