Posts Tagged ‘app’

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Disaster Preparedness Mobile App

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Miami, FL

The SBDC at Florida International University (FIU), in partnership with USAID and FIU’s Extreme Events Institute, has developed a disaster-preparedness mobile app that allows business owners to better prepare their companies for disasters and to jump start operations post-event. The app includes customizable checklists, disaster simulations and assessments to help entrepreneurs identify risks to their business.


Other features include:

  • Free and available in both English and Spanish.
  • Customizable assessments to determine all risks to the business, along with ways to mitigate these risks
  • Table-top exercises to simulate a disaster and test the ability of a business to respond.
  • Disaster checklists on insurance, business operations, emergency response, and developing supply kits.
  • Step-by-step assistance with developing a business continuity plan and emergency response plan.
  • Templates for employee emergency contact sheets, credentialing letters, and post-disaster decision making charts.
  • Helpful checklists on avoiding contractor fraud, utilizing social media post-disaster, and tips on crisis communications.
  • Additional resources on cyber security information.
  • Monitor and save progress in completing each requirement in the different phases of “Prepare,” “Respond” and “Recover”


Below are the links to download the app from both the iOS and Google Play Stores.

Google Play Link:

Apple App Store:

There are also two demo videos (in English and Spanish) on YouTube:



Are You Prepared for 2015?

Posted on: December 29th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

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, 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. 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.

New Tsunami Evacuation App for Pacific States

Posted on: August 22nd, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

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

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

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: