The Challenge | Don’t Forget the Can Opener!

Create an easy-to-use way for people to develop their own, custom checklists – both items and plans – for specific kinds of disasters. Use NASA images, videos, or data visualizations to illustrate each disaster type, to help people understand how to prepare.


RedAssist serves to guide people in preparing for natural disaster by suggesting possible actions, checklists and providing users with a platform to help others.



Natural disasters occur spontaneously all the time over the world. With an effective early-warning system, people are able to prepare for natural disasters ahead of time. However, not everyone require the same items in their disaster preparedness kit, and different items are required for different disasters and scenarios. Our app solves this for users, with the added benefit of using NASA's data for early disaster prediction and presenting it in info graphics for quick reference and understanding.

Our Premise

There are many possible disasters that could occur throughout the world, some even simultaneously. One thing remains constant: natural disasters always result in huge economic losses and sometimes lives. According to the World Risk Report, well over 50% of the world's countries are at risk of a severe natural disaster.

We feel that people all around the world will need a tool to aid them in disaster preparation, to guide them in face of potential dangers, and to share their resources when the disaster strikes. Everyone will require a handheld buddy that can help them create a checklist of items to prepare for specific disasters and remind them of special items such as medications or baby supplies, as well as provide them with the necessary hotlines, all without the dependency of the Internet.

Our Solution: RedAssist


RedAssist will be the ultimate platform for disaster preparation, utilizing NASA's data to educate users on the destructive nature of different natural disasters. It will also make use measurements from NASA's satellites of certain variables such as wind speeds and precipitation levels in order to quantify the intensity and predict the extent of damage a certain natural disaster may cause to availability of food, water, communications.

For example, in the case of blizzards, RedAssist will gather measurements of precipitation levels, surface temperature and wind speeds to calculate the intensity of blizzard. With that, it will be able to quantify the extent of damage that will be done by the blizzard as well as possible directions in which the blizzard will travel.

RedAssist allows users to prepare checklists for any emergency items.

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