Apps for emergency preparedness

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Emergency responders now have a large menu of options when choosing smart phone and tablet apps to help them do their jobs.

I did a little research and found three organizations that create apps that can help first responders do their jobs better. Four apps that stand out are Safe School Initiative, DragonForce, EMCAPS 2.0, and FluCast.

Drakontas LLC

Drakontas is an emergency technology provider with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two of their apps caught my attention.

  • Safe School Initiative is a communication software system for smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices. The app sends alert to emergency personnel to notify them as soon as an emergency strikes.
  • DragonForce is a “team collaboration” system that uses instant messaging, location, photos and document sharing.

    See DragonForce at Verizon booth 701 at @CalChiefs California Police Chief’s Association (CPCA) Annual Training Symposium Monterey CA Feb 25

    — Drakontas LLC (@Drakontas) February 17, 2014

Dragonforce demo by James Sim

PACER

PACER: National Center for the Study of Preparedness & Catastrophic Event Response is a division of The Johns Hopkins University. PACER focuses heavy on research.

One of their products is called EMCAPS 2.0, which stands for “Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios”. Personnel can use EMCAPS for disaster planning and to get casualty estimates. EMCAPS is a part of a “Disaster App Suite”.

FluCast

Out of all the apps I’m writing about here, I found FluCast to be the most interesting.

Google Flu Trends teamed up with the CDC to help FluCast (the name of the company and the app) make this service. The app pings Google Flu Trends, which aggregates Google search information and estimates flu activity, with geographic maps and charts. What’s great is anyone can use Google Flu Trends for free. Emergency planners can plan for flu outbreaks by searching for countries, U.S. states and cities.

A lecture at the New America Foundation about Google and the flu:

The Red Cross has a video about their first aid app for iPhone and Android:

Please leave comments if you hear of any other apps that you think are worth mentioning here!

- Henry

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