When was the last time you heard of a disaster, significantly affecting the life of people?
Probably it was not that long ago...
For instance the Hurricane Michael stroke the east cost of the United States recently. And even though people were warned a week in advance, there were still 50 casualties.
Even when you are warned about the disaster, you still need to know how to react adequately. The government providing guidelines but they are guidelines… for everyone… not tailored to the needs of the individual. And even so do you own the needed tools and consumables – face masks, medicine? What do you do about your pet?
One thing is certain - if you are prepared in advance you are drastically increasing your chances. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had an emergency bag with them and not waste time panicking over what to get with them? Everyone exiting calmly in lines, gathering in safe places. Treating the wounded and building shelter. And all of this before the emergency units arrive?
Now think one step further… Wouldn’t it be great if people could react like that in every scenario, even when an unforeseen disaster strikes? Some sort of a universal preparation?
And If you think about it by preparing for one natural hazard you are also preparing yourself for others – clear thinking, priorities and accessing the risk. And what if you had personalized detailed guides for what to do at your fingertips!
DisasterMeOut is an application for Android devices (soon will be available for IOS). After downloading DisasterMeOut, the user is answering a serious of questions, which are connected to user's personal data and most valuable things in user's life (medicines, family members, pets etc.). Тhe moment it is known in the Metrological centers that there will be a certain disaster, the application notifies the user what will happen and when. After the user clicks the notification, it will open the first of many steps, specifically ordered for his/her needs. The user can check all of the steps: which are already done and those that need to be done. This way instead of panicking, he/she has a list that needs to be done and it is in the order for the best possible reaction in the circumstances.
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