While natural and man-made emergencies are largely out of our control, preparedness for when disaster does strike is a wise investment of time and resources. Take a few moments download or explore these government mobile apps and resources so you’ll be armed with the information resources before the eleventh hour.
Text-based notifications (Neighbor Islands)
- County of Hawaii – Civil Defense Agency
- County of Maui – Maui Emergency Management Agency
- County of Kauai – Kauai Emergency Management Agency
For those based on Oahu, the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Management has the HNL Info app that integrates multiple agency information in one convenient platform. Besides information on Satellite City Halls and City sponsored events, the app also provides push notifications in various categories which may significantly impact the public including weather and disaster, fire as well as road closures and traffic. HNL Info is available here.
In addition to preparedness information and reminders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s app offers customized alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the country. The FEMA app also features a Disaster Reporter where users can upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts; plus an interface to access DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for federal disaster assistance.
The Disaster Reporter functions as a crowdsourced set of disaster-related data. This useful information is overlaid onto a publicly accessible map where citizens, first responders, response and recovery teams and emergency managers can both view and contribute to the information as a natural emergency progresses.
Hurricane by Red Cross
While this app is not made by the government, the Red Cross offers a multitude of emergency preparedness support. The most prominent disaster relief nonprofit offers its own Hurricane app which provides location-based hurricane alerts, Red Cross shelter locations, preparedness tips as well as an “I’m Safe” feature used to inform social media networks of a person’s safety status.
Check out their other useful apps for earthquakes, tornadoes, first aid, and first aid for pets.
Emergency Management Social Media Profiles
From the 2008 Sichuan Province earthquake in China to Hawaii’s own Kilauea eruption, social media is here to stay as a method of connection in times of disaster. Follow your local emergency management agency on social for reliable information.
Facebook: Hawaii County Civil Defense
Twitter: @MauiEmergAgency Instagram: Maui_EMA Facebook: MauiEMA
City and County of Honolulu – Department of Emergency Management
Twitter: @Oahu_DEM Facebook: OahuDEM
County of Kauaʻi – Kauaʻi Emergency Management Agency