FEMA App Aids in Wildfire Preparedness

With California facing long term dryness and shifting winds, the potential for wildfires will stay elevated through November. It’s imperative that families prepare themselves and their homes in the face of danger.

That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a new application on wildland fire safety and preparedenss.

FEMA Wildfire App

Key features of the app include:

  • Weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to 5 locations so you can follow potentially dangerous fire weather conditions
  • The ability to upload and share disaster photos with first responders
  • Push notifications/reminders of preparedness tips like planning a fire evacuation plan or changing your smoke alarm batteries
  • Real-time information on shelter locations
  • Spanish language content

Two-thirds of American households lack adequate plans for disasters-and extreme weather events and wildfires are on the rise. With 68 percent of adults in the U.S. owning a smartphone, not only will the FEMA app make preparations less complicated but has the real potential to save lives.

The FEMA App is available for Apple and Android devices at no cost. Find out more at http://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

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