There are a ton of things competing for our attention in real life and online, and each one of us has different ways to stay organized and on-track with to do lists. For some, it’s a new sheet of paper every day or a bullet journal. For others, it’s tons of sticky notes strategically placed around the desk. And for the digitally inclined, it’s the latest organizer app.
Your to do list may look something like this:
- Go grocery shopping
- Pay the bills
- Call mom
- Take the dog to the vet
- Check smoke alarms
Wait, what? Check smoke alarms?
That last item may not be on your to do list, but it’s something that is very important to firefighters and emergency managers because they want you to be safe.
This is why we added a new reminder feature to the FEMA App. In addition to testing your smoke alarm, you can receive reminders to practice your fire escape plan, replace the batteries in your smoke alarm, and review the items in your emergency kit.
The reminders come up at different intervals. Testing your smoke alarm appears monthly and practicing your fire escape plan comes up every 6 months. Like changing the oil in your car, these tasks aren’t a one and done type of deal. It’s important to do it periodically and we want to help you remember. And if the reminder pops up at a moment that isn’t convenient, you can tap the snooze button until you can check it off the list.
When you download the new version of the App, the reminders are turned on by default, so you don’t need to do anything; we’ll remind you when it’s time. And yes, you have the option to turn off a reminder if you want to.
How do you get this new feature? For those of you who already have the FEMA app, you’ll automatically be prompted to download the new version.
If you're reading this and not familiar with the FEMA app, it's a multi-functional tool with a lot of great info: safety tips for disasters, weather alerts, an emergency kit checklist (again, to keep you organized), and – should you ever need it during a disaster – a list of open shelters. And now you will have it all in the palm of your hand.
And if checking your smoke alarm wasn’t on your to do list today or this week – don’t worry, we’ll remind you.