Fear of being stranded? Few tips to follow to locate help, be informed and more – Eagles Vine

The geopolitical scenario in Afghanistan has changed drastically in the last seven days or so. With the Taliban seizing control over the country, there has been a frantic rush to get out of the country. Not only that but there’s an unrivalled sense of fear and panic among the citizens of Afghanistan. According to a report by The New York Times, experts estimate that 70% of the population in Afghanistan uses mobile phones. Technology can play a crucial role in helping people who are stranded in similar situations and want to remain in touch with their family and friends as well as stay safe. Here are some things that one can do to be safe and aware of what’s happening around them:
Use of social media
Facebook, Twitter can be used to post regular updates about your whereabouts and safety. You can also use social media to keep in touch with people across the world and let them know that you are safe. Facebook Groups can also be used judiciously to create awareness.
Use messaging apps like WhatsApp
WhatsApp can be used not only to remain in touch but reports have suggested that it is being used by people to flee from Afghanistan as well. WhatsApp can come in handy for getting alerts about flights going out of the country or keep a track of what’s happening in local neighbourhoods also.

Use of Google apps and services
Google Forms reportedly has become a handy app for those looking to get out of Afghanistan. According to online reports, Forms are being circulated where users can key in important information like passport number, name, and other details to get on a rescue flight. It can also be used to keep a readymade database of people who can help and in what form they can assist.
Local and international news websites and apps
Being informed and having access to reliable sources of news can also be useful. With apps on smartphones, one can get instant alerts of the happenings in local areas as well as globally. For instance, one might not be aware of a certain area being blocked or unrest happening somewhere. Websites and apps that give useful and accurate information can play an important role in keeping you safe.

The Times of India

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