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GPS Tracking Systems: How They Are Helping During Disasters

Sadly, natural disasters are a global issue that can not be avoided. Whether it be hurricanes flooding the Caribbean nations, earthquakes rattling Japan or twisters destroying homes in the heartland, natural disasters can leave a devastating toll in both terms of financial loss and lives lost. Although some potential disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes can often times be detected ahead of time, many others strike with out warning. What is even worse is that many natural disasters can lead into other disasters, as was the case in Japan when a earthquake triggered a massive tsunami, which resulted in a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power plant. This was a catastrophic disaster where the damage created is still not completely measurable. The one thing that is true about disasters is that they are unavoidable, but that does not mean governments and first responders can’t take steps in order to reduce the amount of causalities from these devastating acts of God.

GPS tracking systems are tools that are already frequently used by law enforcement and medical personnel. Police use GPS tracker technology for a variety of purposes from surveillance of criminal activity, to better management of fleet activity. Ambulances also use the monitoring device technology for improved fleet efficiency as the systems allow first responders and medical personnel to arrive at the scene of an accident or emergency in the quickest time possible. The couple seconds or minutes of time saved from vehicle deployment selection to improved route efficiency is something that can literally make the difference between life and death in a number of different circumstances. However, when it comes to an emergency situation, those wearing personal tracking systems are the ones that medical and police enforcement are able to assist the most quickly.

Designed in the form of a wristwatch, GPS bracelets are most frequently associated with applications related to GPS tracking of children or senior citizens diagnosed with some form of Dementia. Although real-time tracking GPS bracelets are wonderfully helpful in giving parents the ability to oversee what their children are doing or concerned family members making certain elderly loved ones are safe, the same devices can also save a person’s life in a emergency situation. This is because personal GPS bracelets come equipped with a panic alert button that will give the person wearing the system the ability to call out for help. This will feature also comes included with two-way voice communication where the person can describe the injuries sustained, damage around them or any other pertinent information that could help rescue personnel. If the person is knocked unconscious, rescue personnel can still access the exact location of the victim by viewing the real-time GPS positional data via the accompanied satellite mapping program.

Nobody knows when the next big disaster will strike, but with the increased usage of GPS monitoring bracelets, hopefully more lives will be saved thanks in part to technological advances.

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