I got this in an email today from our local Emergency Management Coordinator.
Web, Mobile and social media ways to get emergency information.
www.fema.gov www.ready.gov www.disasterassistance.gov
Mobile-these are good all over the United States. Pass on to friends and relatives. Keep for yourself while on vacation.
Mobile site m.fema.gov, Text Messages, Smartphone App
Search for open shelters and open FEMA disaster recovery centers.
Text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA)Really great to have if you are not familiar with the area.
Text DRC and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA)(std data/msg rates apply)
Signup to receive safety tips
¤ Hurricanes: text HURRICANE to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ Home fires: text FIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ Wildfires: text WILDFIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ Tornadoes: text TORNADO to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ Earthquakes: text EARTHQUAKE to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ Winter storms and extreme cold: text WINTER to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ Power outages: text BLACKOUT to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ Floods: text FLOOD to 43362 (4FEMA)
¤ General monthly safety tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
Centralized place where featured emergency management social media conversations happening right now.
FEMA LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/fema
Ready Facebook www.facebook.com/readygov
CDP Twitter www.twitter.com/cdpfema @cdpfema
Disaster Reporter, how to become a disaster reporter (This is for FEMA only)
The Tornado App gives you instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after tornadoes - whether it’s in the community where you live or where you love to vacation.
The app has a number of features including a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning is in effect. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled. People who are out of harm’s way can quickly tap the “I’m safe” button to send a message letting loved ones and friends know they are okay.
People across the country can now receive location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood alerts on their mobile devices and share them on their social networks. Users can share vital information via Facebook, Twitter, text and email. Even if someone doesn’t live in a tornado-prone area, users can have peace of mind knowing they’ll have instant information about loved ones who live in other parts of the country.
Other features of the app include:
• Simple steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members;
• Enhanced weather maps and information provided by Weather Underground, a digital brand of The Weather Company;
• Preloaded preparedness content that gives instant access to critical action steps even without mobile connectivity;
• Toolkit with a flashlight, a strobe light and an audible alarm; and
• Locations of open Red Cross shelters.
People have not only downloaded the Red Cross Tornado Apps, but have used them to track storms, let loved ones know that they are safe, and access other recovery resources.
First Aid App:
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. It gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
Other features of the app include:
• Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.
• Fully integrated with 911 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
• Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
• Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.
• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at any time, even without reception or an Internet connection.
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.
In addition to the Tornado App and First Aid App, the Red Cross also has an Earthquake App which can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.