Are You Prepared for 2015?

Now is an excellent time to take stock of your preparedness measures and explore new tools to supplement your existing emergency planning. FEMA has launched a new mobile site, increasing functionality on the move. Access to a desktop is frequently limited during a disaster and FEMA’s push to go mobile is augmented by other resources, like data.disasters.gov, which is a portal for disaster-related datasets and tools for innovative preparedness activities. FEMA has compiled a list of apps and other tools that provide disaster support on the cutting edge of technology. Ready.gov is launching a new campaign, Resolve to be Ready, which includes a series of social media–ready activities and tools. Start off the New Year right and be prepared for anything in 2015.

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New Tsunami Evacuation App for Pacific States

Residents, emergency managers and tourists in Washington and Oregon have a new tool to help with tsunami preparedness. TsunamiEvac-NW is a new smartphone app that shows users:

• Evacuation zones where they live, work, or go to school;
• Helps people plan evacuation routes; and
• Maps important locations, buildings, and landmarks nearby.

The website and app both report active warnings and watches, provide information tsunami on signs, and explain evacuation and sheltering best practices. There are also printable community brochures available that:

• Map the local coastline;
• Explain the difference between distant and local tsunamis; and
• Provide instructions on what to do and what not to do, among other useful features.

It also displays the locations of fire departments, hospitals, tsunami warning sirens and assembly areas for evacuation. Users may switch between different views (road, satellite, terrain, etc.) and use the app’s tools to develop their own family emergency plan and kit.

This app is available for both iPhone and Android users for free. Download it today!

Source: FEMA

Tornado App Now Available From The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has developed the official tornado app which provides interactive quizzes and step-by-step advice on preparations for a tornado. The app provides a list of nearby shelters and an audible siren that is sounded when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases a warning. To download the app to your Android or iPhone visit: http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app.