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Hello - I am a volunteer CERT member and doing an article on mobile apps used in the field. It's an emerging technology but there are so many useful apps out there.

Anyone have any experience with them?

What are your favorite field apps?

Do you have a department policy regarding use?

Are you supplied the mobile devices by the department?

Anything else you would like to contribute regarding mobile apps in the field.

Thanks for the help!

Jeane Sullivan

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I'm not a responder therefore I haven't used this app but sounds like it'd be helpful in the field. WISER system helps with hazmat incidents - read USFRA post. I know of several others but only from reading .. but I don't personally use any since I'm app-challenged (and since they can have vulnerabilities thru java, etc). But I look forward to seeing what others share here - thx Jeane!

Try a google search for First responder apps that should get you started and/or try your app icon on your phone.

Just thought of another one we haven't used but learned about it from the LAFD CERT Coordinator. "CERT Fire Safety Training" presents all the material from the CERT Fire Training module in a comprehensive, easy to navigate app. Learn more here .. and Jeane - let me know if you'd like to speak with the LAFD Captain and/or developer of this app for your article and I'll try to hook you two up.

me again .. I know of several disaster apps for responders (some free / some for a fee) I can post but only if you all think it would help (and if Lt T approves links to iTunes, etc)..!?

Janet that would be great. I'd like to get a list of about 10 apps that emergency responders feel are 'must haves'. Anyone out there if you can help that would be great!


BTW - I do not even need the links - just the names of the apps and maybe why it is so useful.

Thanks again!

The mobile apps I use are for Androids:
CopApp! Repeating Shift Scheduler

Police officers can view which squads work together and which squads have days off.

Police Miranda Warning
Quick reference to Miranda Warnings for police officers in the field, in English and Spanish.

Police Spanish Guide
A simple, effective way for officers to overcome everyday language barriers in a yes/no format.

Shooter is a highly accurate ballistics calculator with a clean user interface.

Police Radio
Police Radio lets you listen to police, EMT, and fire radio broadcasts from your phone.

Our department does not furnish our phones, I have these apps on my person phone for my personal use. The policy on app use in my department is, in a nutshell, not to let it interfere with the job.

Thank you, Office Tomlinson. This is great information!

You're very welcome Jeane.

I personally do not use apps and our phones aren't provided by the department. I'll pass this discussion along to my friends and see what we can do to help you.

I apologize for delay but here are some cool disaster-related apps that may come in handy for responders and volunteers. I've been meaning to post these in our Disaster Prep group since last month when I stumbled on article listing them, but this is a great discussion to share them. I can add links to each if you guys want.

Disaster Alert (Global) - Keeps users aware of hazardous incidents anywhere in the world. With both listings and an interactive real-time map, this app will keep you alerted to all types of natural disasters as well as breaking man-made crises. Free.

Disaster Radar (Global) - According to its makers, this is the first and only real-time world-wide natural disaster and emergency monitoring app. Disasters can be viewed on a world map or selected individually to see complete event details including cause and areas affected. Free.

NIMS ICS Guide (USA) - This was the first NIMS/ICS pocket reference for first responders, and today it is used by more than 150,000 public safety and health professionals. This app allows users to customize contact lists for individual incidents, provides detailed emergency checklists, and includes resources for both training and in-field action. $14.99.

NFPA 2010 (USA) - The NFPA app provides a fully searchable version of what DHS has declared as the National Preparedness Standard. The app includes comprehensive information on disaster/emergency management, as well as business continuity planning. $4.99.

Hurricane Tracker (USA) - This app was reviewed by CNN as the best Hurricane Tracking app available for the iPhone. This app includes LIVE video briefings on hurricanes, real time condition updates, push alerts, dozens of maps, and minute by minute updates. With access to the NOAA weather radio and over 65 animated apps, this map could be the most comprehensive mobile hurricane resource out there. $2.99.

FloodWatch (USA) - Using data from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Service, displays both recent and historical river heights, precipitation totals and flood stage info. The app’s graphs, maps, and listings will assist users when rivers threaten to overflow their banks. Free.

Shelter View (USA) - Red Cross app focuses on getting people in need to shelters when disaster strikes. It draws on the Red Cross’ National Shelter System for details on 60,000 potential disaster facilities along with easy access to the Disaster Online Newsroom. Free.

Emergency Radio (USA) - Radio scanner app works with thousands of frequencies and has an extensive database of live broadcasts—police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, train, NOAA weather, coast guard, HAM radio, and others. 99 cents.

FEMA (USA) - The official app of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It contains preparedness data for all types of disasters including emergency kit checklists, details on how to stay safe, maps to assistance, even a section to plan meeting locations. Free.

First Aid – The Red Cross (Global) – Filled with advice, instructions and videos covering everything from everyday emergencies to major injuries. Free

Thanks to all who've provided me with information re mobile apps in the field. Does anyone out there have a formal policy regarding mobile apps??

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