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FEMA’s New App That Provides Weather Alerts Across the Country

by Celeste Noelle

FEMA launched their new app on April 14th, allowing “users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.”

 

Picture from FEMA.gov

Picture from FEMA.gov

As more and more “'[e]mergency responders and disaster survivors are increasingly turning to mobile devices to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,’ said Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator. ‘This new feature empowers individuals to assist and support family and friends before, during, and after a severe weather event.’

“’Every minute counts when severe weather threatens and mobile apps are an essential way to immediately receive the life-saving warnings provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service,’ said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA administrator.  ‘These alerts are another tool in our toolbox as we work to build a ‘Weather Ready Nation’ – a nation that’s ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events.'”

A few of the apps major features include:

  • Safety Tips: Tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Disaster Reporter: Users can upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts
  • Maps of Disaster Resources: Users can locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers
  • Apply for Assistance: The app provides easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance
  • Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish-language content for smartphones that have Spanish set as their default language

You can find the app at both Google Play and App Store.

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