One key aspect of the GDPC’s work is promoting the creative use of technology and innovative approaches in disaster preparedness programs. Through the Universal App Program, the GDPC and the Global First Aid Reference Center have created a platform to facilitate the adaption and localization of mobile applications (apps) with first aid and hazard information for use in countries across the globe, putting preparedness information directly into people’s hands.
Using the already existing American Red Cross hazard apps and key messages from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) disaster risk reduction guidance, the GDPC created a model multi-hazard preparedness app on an easy-to-use, web-based platform that will allow national societies to adapt the app to their local context. Each national society will be releasing a multi-hazard preparedness app that will monitor and track weather developments, prepare individuals and communities for disaster scenarios, and assist users with finding help and sending safety notifications to family and friends during disasters. The Hazard app will also allow for the ability to monitor multiple hazards simultaneously. National societies are able to independently manage the customization and translation of the apps, minimizing the time and cost that usually characterizes app development.