As hurricane Irene approaches, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and other agencies are doing what they can to help the millions of people in its path prepare. FEMA is no stranger to disaster and they have been providing information to the masses for quite some time. FEMA has taken full advantage of technology by creating multiple avenues for people to access the information they need, and today, thanks to the popularity of mobile technology, FEMA has released a mobile application. Users should take full advantage of FEMA’s preparedness information by downloading the Android app from the Market. Just in time for hurricane Irene, the FEMA app will help you:
- Check off the items you have in your family’s emergency kit
- Enter your family emergency meeting locations
- Review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a disaster
- View a map of shelters and disaster recovery centers across the U.S
- Read the latest blog posts for tips and important information
Along with the new app, FEMA has released a new text messaging service that allows users to receive text message updates from FEMA. To use their text message service simply:
- Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to sign up to receive monthly disaster safety tips
- Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345)
- Text DRC + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest disaster recovery center in your area (for example, if you lived in Annandale, Virginia with a Zip Code of 22003, you’d text DRC 22003).
For anyone in the path of Irene, I strongly recommend preparing yourself for the worse. Even if nothing major occurs it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure all of your mobile device batteries are charged. Try to keep usage to a minimum until the hurricane has passed. If you don’t have a car charger I recommend picking one up as soon as possible. I am on the east coast, as many of you are, and we’ll be doing our best to prepare and get through this. Stay safe, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Source: FEMA Blog