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Emergency, Disaster! Smartphone to the Rescue!

May 02, 2010

Our smartphones just keep getting smarter.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched its new mobile Web site, m.fema.gov, which allows you access to information from your smartphone about what to do in the event of an emergency.

“Smartphones are becoming more prevalent, affordable, reliable and more viable to locate and obtain information and assistance,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “This service will provide yet another avenue for the sharing of important information that is so critical to ensuring the public is prepared for emergencies.

The new site is a bunch of questions that will tell you what to do in the event of a thunderstorm, tornado, flood, winter storm and other natural events. It provides information like:

Your smartphone could save you in an emergency. Now, that's smart.

*What should I do in a disaster?

*Where can I find assistance?

*How can I help others?

*How do I apply for FEMA aid?

FEMA officials say they will be enhancing the site over the next several months, and it will eventually be possible to apply for individual help when the President declares a state of emergency.

This unveiling comes a month before hurricane season begins on June 1. The Chicago area doesn’t have to worry too much about hurricanes, but we have our own weather issues, so read up on how to be prepared for an emergency at www.ready.gov.

There is also a video you can watch about the mobile Web site at www.youtube.com.

“As we’ve seen in recent cases, often times after a disaster,” said Fugate, “mobile devices become a crucial lifeline to provide information to survivors.”

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