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Folr: Watch Over Your Loved Ones

September 30, 2014

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with FOLR and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions and statements are my own.
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Every single morning, I check in with Hubby to make sure he arrived safely to his desk in New York City. Because he lived through the events of September 11th, he knows how important it is to have a plan in case of an emergency. As a young couple, we did face a difficult situation only two years after that horrible day. During the Northeast blackout of 2003, the whole city was evacuating minutes after a major power loss occurred. Because of uncertainty, everyone hit the streets and started to make their way home. I was in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Hubby was working in Midtown and like everyone else, I couldn’t get a hold of him; there was no service to our mobiles. I prayed that he would be waiting for me outside his office building because he didn’t know where I was (in a bookstore, of course!). As I fought against a crowd walking towards my direction, with fear of the unknown and a knot in my throat, I made my way downtown.

I found Hubby, who was my fiancée then, waiting patiently outside his office. He flashed his famous smile and said to me, “I knew you would come looking for me.” I will never forget those words or that day as we ended hitchhiking twice because there was no way to get to Queens. We walked over the Queensboro Bridge with a crowd of people and could feel the tension in the air. The majority of New Yorkers had 9/11 on their mind and sadly, some were in a panic.  Only a week after becoming engaged, I held Hubby’s hand tight and prayed to never have to feel lost from him again.

Luckily, today’s technology has come SO far from what it was 11 years ago. I will always worry about Hubby in New York City but thanks to an awesome app I just discovered, he doesn’t even have to answer his office phone for me to know he arrived safely. Folr helps everyone watch over loved ones. Folr is a location-tracking application that gives real time information of the whereabouts of your family and close friends.

Everyone with a smartphone or a tablet can download the app and use it with children, parents or grandparents who have these devices as well. Technology can truly help you stay close to loved ones, as well as counting on it in case of an emergency. It’s even a great idea to talk to babysitters about  installing  it. It only works if both parties agree to accept each other and since all are in agreement, no one should ever feel like they are invading anyone’s privacy.

Let me know if you try Folr  As soon as my parents buy smart phones (I know, I know!) this will be the first app I download for them!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Yvette S September 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Awww! I remember the blackout! I was so worried about you guys! xoxo

    • Betty
      Reply Betty October 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Right? I always think about you guys too, Yvette! Hugs and kisses!

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