In light of the feedback from last month’s column titled “Social Media and Preparedness” this month we bring safety oriented apps for your smart phone or tablet computer! According to the Pew Research Center, 66% of young adults (age 18-29), 59% of adults (age 30-49) and 34% of older adults (ages 50-64) own a smart phone and use it to download applications (apps) and/or surf the internet. Even more telling is that an April 2012 Pew survey found 86% of Smartphone users have used their phones to get help in an emergency situation! Tablet computer use is also on the rise with 31% of adults reporting they use a tablet computer such as an iPad. With statis-tics like these it is hard to ignore the world of apps as a medium of communication.
Last month we discussed Twitter, Nixle, and Facebook, all of which have apps you can download to your Smartphone or tablet to make accessing these websites easier. Recently however, the Red Cross has developed several free apps which provide information on all sorts of disasters (wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes) as well as an app that provides information on where to find Red Cross shelters and information on basic first aid. All of these apps can be found (for free!) in the iTunes or Google Play stores from your Smartphone or tablet.FEMA also has a free app available for download for Apple, Android and Blackberry device.
( April Newsletter )