I wanted to tell everyone about a fantastic communications application you really must try.  It was indispensable to us and others during the Hurricane Harvey rescue.

The Zello app acts like a walkie talkie and could be described as a modern CB radio.  This is a great app for personal use or for emergency communications teams.

I have it on my iPhone and joined the Pearland Rescue Channel after the disaster. It really came in handy and gave our team, and families great peace of mind knowing that we could stay connected to others.

Zello is FREE for personal use. You can install it on your  AndroidiPhoneWindows PhoneBlackBerry, or PC. It’s programmed to use a preexisting button on your device for push-to-talk.

Louisiana’s Cajun Navy, an informal organization of boat owners who banded together after Hurricane Katrina, recommended that those seeking assistance use Zello to reach them.  Cell service wasn’t reliable and Zello proved a lifesaver for many.  Even though phone lines and cell service was down, urgent messages got through on Zello, and critical assistance was provided.

Other groups followed their example and used Zello to provide aid, including the Texas Search and RescueBoaterstexas, Harvey Animal Rescue, Harvey Small Animal Rescue, and Houston Midwives for Pregnant Mammas.

Here are some of Zello’s features:

  • Zello is really easy to use. You simply push a button to talk. The setup is easy, you don’t need to configure anything, and Zello uses very little system resources and memory.
  • Conversations are faster than online communications. It’s like talking to someone face-to-face. You can talk to one person or up to 1,000 people at the same time.
  • Zello supports many channels from all over the world and is available in 22 languages (More will be added.).
  • You can record and replay conversations so you don’t miss any information. This is perfect during a disaster when you’re stressed and have so much to think about.
  • Zello works great over Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and even GPRS and EDGE.

I’d be happy to tell you more about my experience using Zello.  It can be a lifesaver in any disaster. I recommend you give it a try before the next one hits.

Texas Data Solutions
(713) 344-1466

Published On: September 4, 2017 By Aaron