FEMA releases mobile app

FEMA app screen shot

FEMA app screen shotJust in time for hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released an application for Android mobile phones. Just put in the Android Market a couple of days ago, it has been downloaded less than 100 times. I tried it out and can see a couple of things that I would change, but generally it works pretty well.

Some of the features:

  • A disaster victim can apply for federal assistance right from their phone
  • Maps of Disaster Recovery Centers and shelters (the maps are a little buggy)
  • A frequently updated blog that contains the latest news about current disasters.
  • Pre-disaster information about being prepared.

The name of the app is “FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)”. Do not confuse it with a similar looking app called “FEMA Mobile”, which is being distributed by a private individual, has advertisements, and merely links to the FEMA web site.

The app is free. FEMA is working on versions for Blackberry version 6 devices and iPhones, which should be available in a matter of weeks.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+