Zello's Walkie-Talkie App Could Prove Crucial To Those In Hurricane Florence's Path

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the East Coast of the United States at the end of this week. People are preparing for the hurricane’s landfall in a variety of ways, including downloading useful apps. One of the most popular apps is Zello, an app that allows people to use their phones as a two-way radio. 
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Zello is a free app that is available in the App Store and Google Play. It is available on Android, iOS, Windows, and Blackberry devices as well as PC’s with the Zello for Windows PC program. Users are able to create their own channels with up to 2500 members or connect with existing ones. People can search for specific topics like Hurricane Florence and join related channels. Once a person joins a channel, they will immediately hear audio from other users. They will be able to see a list of other members, listen to and replay messages, and send their own audio/visual messages. Users can mute the transmissions, adjust their volume level, or change their availability status at any time.

The app works over 2G, 3G, 4G and GPRS/EDGE networks. It is important to note that Zello will not work if cell towers are down or if WiFi is unavailable. The app is not perfect, but could potentially help users to contact loved ones or get more information during an emergency such as Hurricane Florence. 

Zello is currently the #4 social networking app in the United States and is #1 in Google Play. This is not the first time that Zello has been so popular. This past summer, Zello was downloaded multiple times head of Tropical Storm Lane. Zello was the #1 app in the App Store last year during Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to hit the Carolinas by the end of the week. It may be the one of the strongest storms to make landfall in the United States north of Florida. Please be safe and to learn more about what to do during a hurricane, please check out this website from the Department of Homeland Security.