New Digital Tools: FEMA App and Text Message Updates

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As Hurricane Irene threatens the East Coast, I’m excited to announce FEMA’s gone mobile (again). I wanted to share two new ways you can get information about how to prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters on your mobile devices, and here’s Administrator Fugate to introduce one of them (and then continue reading for even more details):



FEMA App


In the new FEMA App, you’ll be able to:

  • Check off the items you have in your family’s emergency kit,
  • Enter your family emergency meeting locations,
  • Review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a disaster,
  • View a map of shelters and disaster recovery centers across the U.S., and
  • Read our latest blog posts.

When we built the app, we kept the disaster survivor in mind, making sure much of the information would be available even if cell phone service isn’t, so you’ll be able to access the important information on how to safe after a disaster, as well as your family emergency meeting locations.

So as Administrator Fugate said, you can download our app today in the Android market, and look for FEMA App for Blackberry version 6 devices and iPhones in the coming weeks.

FEMA Text Messages


A new and separate service from the new app, our text message updates will allow cell phone users to receive text message updates from FEMA.
 

  • Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to sign up to receive monthly disaster safety tips
  • Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345)

    (For availability of shelters and services, contact your local emergency management agency.)
  • Text DRC + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest disaster recovery center in your area (for example, if you lived in Annandale, Virginia with a Zip Code of 22003, you’d text DRC 22003).

We’re excited to provide these two new ways you can access information on your mobile device, in addition to our already existing mobile site – m.fema.gov. Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook and Twitter channels as we roll out our app to the remaining smartphone operating systems and make enhancements to our text messages program.

So download the app or text PREPARE to 43362, and then leave us a comment and let us know what you think. We encourage you to tell a family member, friend, or neighbor as well, so they can have disaster safety information always at their fingertips.

FEMA app frequently asked questions

Q: Will I get emergency alerts and warnings through the FEMA App?
A: No. The FEMA App provides preparedness and disaster recovery information only. If you are in an emergency situation and need to reach a first responder, you should always dial 911. And remember to listen to your state and local officials for instructions and updates about emergencies where you live.

Q: Can I discontinue using the App at anytime?
A: Yes. To discontinue using the FEMA App, simply delete the icon on your smartphone or remove it just like you remove any other App on your smartphone.

Q: What are the future enhancements?
A: If you have suggestions/ideas for future enhancements, please send them to: FEMA-new-media@dhs.gov. FEMA will continue to develop enhancements and add them to updated versions of the App, and we welcome your input.

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FEMA text messages frequently asked questions

Q: Can I discontinue using this service at anytime?
A: Yes. To stop receiving Text Messages from FEMA, simply text: STOP to 43362 (4FEMA).

Q: How often will I receive these messages?
A: If you sign up for the monthly preparedness message, then obviously once a month. When we create additional keywords to sign up for more information, we will let you know how often we think we will send updates. At any time, you can unsubscribe from updates by texting: Stop to 43362 (4FEMA).

Q: What are the future enhancements?
A: If you have suggestions/ideas for other information you would like to receive via text message, please send them to: FEMA-new-media@dhs.gov

Q: Will I get emergency alerts and warnings through the FEMA Text Messaging?
A: No. FEMA Text Messages are not for emergency alerts or notifications. If you are in an emergency situation and need to reach a first responder, you should always dial 911. And remember to listen to your state and local officials for instructions and updates about emergencies where you live.

Fecha de la última actualización: 
19/06/2012 - 10:13
Posted on Vie, 26/08/2011 - 11:37
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Anonymous:

Great new...waiting on the IPhone App in Memphis, ...

Great new...waiting on the IPhone App in Memphis, Tn!!

Just making sure the first text message address is...

Just making sure the first text message address is correct. It reads "Text PREPARE to 4336 (4FEMA)" When ALL of the other addresses read "Text [blank] to 44362 (4FEMA)"<br /><br />Just making sure the correct information gets to the masses<br /><br />-BrothaTech

Thanks for pointing it out, we've updated the ...

Thanks for pointing it out, we've updated the blog post. Just to be clear, for our text message updates, text us at 43362.

App needs better navigation on the landing page. ...

App needs better navigation on the landing page.<br /><br />The font for "please slide page to continue" is much too small. Text inside an arrow image would make for a better user experience.
Anonymous:

Question, when we text these requests to get the a...

Question, when we text these requests to get the alerts, are they free? or does it sign us up for $9.99 a month?
C:

Where is the shelter data coming from? Does it in...

Where is the shelter data coming from? <br />Does it include all of the faith based organizations?
Anonymous:

What happens when the cell phone towers are out an...

What happens when the cell phone towers are out and cell / texting dont work for weeks or even months.
Anonymous:

Please put the app someplace else as the market.an...

Please put the app someplace else as the market.android will only let Google approved devices download. My tablet is running Honeycomb 3.1 and I can download from Amazon just fine but Google won't accept my tablet's requests.<br /><br />Thanks in advance.
Anonymous:

Hi, I just tried the shelter location text and the...

Hi, I just tried the shelter location text and there were two problems wth it...first I kept getting a prompt to reply with SHELTER12345.... had to figure out that I had to enter SHELTER (SPACE) zipcode in order for it to work. Then it gave me a shelter location in Gearden City, NY which is out on Long Island (nowhere near Manhattan) so I'm not sure what to think...
Anonymous:

This is a great App! What perfect timing with Hur...

This is a great App! What perfect timing with Hurricane Irene visiting the Northeast. It is nice to finally have an official FEMA App. The App is a one stop shop for before, during and after a disaster. I especially like the Emergency Supply Kit. Thanks FEMA!
Anonymous:

What happens when the cell phone towers go down?

What happens when the cell phone towers go down?
Anonymous:

What happens when the cell phone towers go down?

What happens when the cell phone towers go down?
Anonymous:

how do i apply

how do i apply
Anonymous:

No responses from FEMA? Hmmm... that's so unli...

No responses from FEMA? Hmmm... that's so unlike them.
Anonymous:

Instead of sharpshooting the wireless app from FEM...

Instead of sharpshooting the wireless app from FEMA; why not take away what information it provides and learn to be self-sufficient. Quit looking to the FED to do everything for you and take some initiative. What if the cell towers go down - organize your community and help one another and you might find that the only person to blame is looking at you in the mirror. Grow up!
Stan:

You most likely need to get your Ham License. Ham...

You most likely need to get your Ham License. Ham radios work when "all else fails"

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