With support from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the GDPC partnered with Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean to enhance disaster preparedness through the use of smartphone technology. Using the already existing American Red Cross hazard apps and key messages from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) public awareness and public education for disaster risk reduction guidance, the GDPC created a model multi-hazard preparedness app on an easy-to-use, web-based platform that allows national societies to adapt the app to their local context.
The multi-hazard app monitors and tracks weather developments, prepares individuals and communities for disaster scenarios, and assists users with finding help and sending safety notifications to family and friends during disasters. The Hazard app also has the ability to monitor multiple hazards simultaneously. The GDPC has already released 15 Hazard apps in both the Caribbean and Southeast Asia in 2014. These apps enhance public access to preparedness information and improve decision-making towards safety and resilience.