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Smartphone Application - Rescue Needed

FEMA/States should create a national smartphone application where people can send pictures and text of individuals who are in need of rescue or assistance during a disaster using a smartphone (with gps derived positional information). This would be a 911 type application and would require a solid plan. During a major event such as a New Madrid earthquake, this could serve to identify who needs help and where, with a ...more »

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Preliminary Damage Assessments by Smartphone

FEMA should produce a smart phone application that allows the capture and upload of georeferenced text and photo's during a disaster. In this way, everyone can send pictures of bridges collapsed or damaged with a gps derived position and texted description attached. Another app could be created for "Needing Rescue or Assistance", a 911 type function, which should be separate and managed differently..

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