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Aug 18, 2014 3:59 PM by Faye DeHoff

FEMA launches Spanish-language emergency app

WASHINGTON, DC - Need emergency information in another language? There's an app for that.

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a free, Spanish-language app with information on what individuals can do before, during and after a disaster to keep their families and communities safe.

FEMA's Spanish-language app offers a wide array of information for the public and disaster survivors, including preparedness tips, locations of nearby shelters, what to include in an emergency supply kit and a user friendly interface for survivors who may need assistance from FEMA after a disaster.

"You can take the first step to disaster preparedness with just the swipe of your finger," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have made our lives more convenient - this app empowers us to be prepared. The FEMA app is now available in Spanish. I encourage everyone to download it today to have access to the latest information on steps to take before, during and after a disaster."

Some key features of the app include:
· Safety Tips: This feature helps users prepare for flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters by providing tips on how to be informed about potential hazards and what steps to take before, during and after an emergency.
· Emergency Meeting Locations: This tool offers the capability to set an emergency meeting place for you and your family with the option of having a primary, secondary and out of state location.
· Apply for Assistance: The FEMA Spanish-language App will help users locate a disaster recovery center after a Major Disaster Declaration with Individual Assistance has been issued. This feature also provides information about how to offer volunteer services and donations.

The app offers pre-loaded content ensuring that FEMA guidance is available anytime and anywhere - even if no Internet connection is available. The app is free and available for iPhones and Android devices in the iTunes and the Google Play Stores.

Additional information about preparedness is also available at www.ready.gov <http://www.ready.gov/> and www.listo.gov <http://www.listo.gov/>.

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