In an effort to keep our readers informed about releases of smartphone apps regarding disaster preparedness, our staff would like to focus our reader’s attention on an announcement today by FEMA… (see video link below)….
This FEMA disaster preparedness app has some special feature(s) in that it was built to work even when there is no mobile service, so that citizens can access the information they need anytime on their mobile device(s).
According to a FEMA spokesman, the app allows citizens to:
1. Enter their family’s emergency meeting locations,
2. Review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a disaster,
3. View a map of shelters and disaster-recovery centers across the United States, and
4. Allow the citizen to read the Agency’s latest blog posts on disaster incidents and response.
Citizens may also use their smartphones to access a FEMA website to gain access to an additional variety of disaster preparedness information here.
In addition to this app, FEMA is also offering a text-message service which will let citizens receive updates from FEMA about disaster preparedness. Citizens can text either:
PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to sign up for monthly disaster -safety tips,
SHELTER and their ZIP CODE to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in their respective area(s), and
DRC and their ZIP CODE to 43362 (4FEMA) for information about the nearest disaster-recovery center.
For a more extensive list of other disaster preparedness related smartphone apps, click here.
If applicable, please pass this information on to fellow citizens in your community, where you work and to family members. This information might also be something to share with the PS-Prep strategy planning, business continuity, risk management, first responder and disaster preparedness/recovery team members in your organization.