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Posted on April 3, 2013 by

2013 Best Emergency Preparedness Apps – App #3

This week, Preparis is focusing on five of the best emergency preparedness applications. We looked at the FEMA and WISER apps to help prepare and respond to a disaster. Now, we’re looking to a potential resource needed in the event of an evacuation: shelter. As it’s part of the Red Cross Mission Statement to “alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies” they’re furthering their outreach through modern technology.

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The Red Cross Shelter View is a simple app that provides the locations for all open Red Cross Shelters. The app opens right up to the map, and by clicking on a pin it brings up the name and location of the shelter. Clicking once more will bring up more detailed information about the shelter including how many people are there, what the event was that necessitated a shelter, and when the location was last updated. The locations can also be viewed in a list format. There is a link to the American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom, which provides updates and news on disasters worldwide. There is a link to a donation page as well, but it is hidden behind the information button at the bottom of the main page. However, the map portion is noticeably lacking in the option to get directions to the shelter from an address or by using current location. It only shows a map of the U.S. and a listing of any shelter which might be open.

Usability 4/5
Content 2/5
Organization 3/5
Real World Scenario Benefits 3/5
Overall 3/5

For more information about solutions for emergency preparedness and business continuity planning, contact us at info@preparis.com or give us a call at 404.662.2950. Be sure to follow Preparis on Facebook and Twitter plus check back on the blog for more disaster apps.

About Marlia Fontaine-Weisse

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.

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