Free Disaster Preparedness App
San Luis Obispo County Public Health proudly announces the release of its free Disaster Preparedness App for the iPhone. Just days after the app became available to the public, it claimed 2,623 downloads and was featured on MSNBC’s Tech Blog.
In case of a disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you and your family prepare to take care of yourselves for at least three days, as local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately. The new app includes tools to help individuals and families do just that. It provides a check list feature, allowing people to build their home emergency kits, checking off items as they are added. It also allows one to insert electronic copies of medical records and list contact information for emergency contacts, insurance providers etc.
The app melds together what the San Luis Obispo County’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office believes to be the key components of emergency planning, emphasized by organizations like FEMA and the American Red Cross.
Clint Slaughter of evolvingmonkeys.com, who worked closely with Public Health on the app and oversaw the programming and design says, “The app collects necessary information in the one piece of equipment you always have on you – your phone.”
Features of the app include:
- Disaster kit checklist
- Personal medical record database
- Reminders every 6 months to check/rotate kit supplies
- Family emergency plan forms
- Insurance and vehicle information
- Basic CPR and fi rst aid information
- Ability to import photos and .pdf files of EKGs, X-rays, and other medical information, as well as other disaster-related diagrams and information.