Archive for September, 2010
St. Petersburg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation has developed an iPhone Hurricane Web app for Pinellas County residents to use before, during and after hurricanes. The app was recently featured on BayNews9.
The Web app, which is slated for development on other mobile devices in the coming year, was created in conjunction with Lightmaker USA, Inc., a social media management and consulting firm in Orlando.
With the Web app, residents get emergency updates and checklists at their fingertips and a one-stop tool that provides the necessary information to prepare for, weather, and recover from a hurricane. The app works on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad devices.
“Obviously, the trend of mobile delivery has picked up pace over the last couple of years,” said Jamie Ferrazano, Technology Manager at the Center for Public Safety Innovation. “We ultimately decided that if we built something, it needed to be something practical, and something the community can use.”
To use the app, residents answer a few questions about home occupancy, special needs requirements, pets, and evacuation zones. Don’t know your evacuation zone? The app provides access to Pinellas County Emergency Management’s website to help find it.
Once the questions are answered, a personalized profile is created detailing how to prepare a disaster kit and emergency plan. The app also features emergency alerts and Twitter feeds from Pinellas County Emergency Management, as well as evacuation information, such as routes and shelters, with access to Google maps.
The Center for Public Safety Innovation hopes to customize the app for other counties in Florida in the coming year.
For step by step instructions, please view the full instructions for installing the Hurricane App.