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'Disaster Reporter' Feature Added to FEMA App
In the midst of hurricane season, FEMA is staying on top of its game with an updated app.
FEMA released a new version of its Android app this week, the IOS version is expected to debut soon.
The newest feature is called "disaster reporter." It allows users to submit disaster-related images with a description to the public FEMA website. Those images are screened to make sure no personal information can been seen. Then FEMA puts them all on a map so you know where to expect damage.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate talked with digital resource website Mashable. He said FEMA developed the app after talking with folks in communities about what would hlep them best in severe weather. Fugate said the app is meant to skip the middle man.
"... Oftentimes the initial and first reports we get are people putting up information, from tweets, from Flickr. Rather than waiting for that to come up, they would be doing that in the app that will allow it to be shared with other responders."
The ability to upload picture and receive data in almost real time will be useful not only to the public but also to first responders.
CLICK HERE to download the app from the Google Play store.
The original app, without the "disaster reporter" update is also available in the app store.