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.

Summit Natural Disaster Helper

Alert and help people for natural disasters near the inhabitants for them to get help or to help others



Natural disasters are imminent, directly and indirectly impact the lives of all of us. We must seek to be always prepared and informed to know how we should react in any risk situation. Among the different ways of preparing ourselves, a solution can be found in a mobile application for residents of these risk regions. Identifying and monitoring risk regions enables the possibility of a fatest action on catastrofes. The Summit aims to provide the user and his family (include their pets obviously), the maximum resources and help they could have, expecting to change the whole situation to a better scenario.

Resource List:

  • GPS, identify the user area and the risks that may occur.
  • Include relatives and pets to their account information.
  • Based on the information registered and the risks of the region, build basic survival kits.
  • Inform how to proceed at specific situations based on local security instructions.
  • If you are traveling to a hazardous area, continue to instruct now based on the new location.
  • For the location of the user, check if there is a public place with resources for protection and basic food.
  • During a catastrophe, with a certain interval, send information (for family if possible) from location to service.
  • On scenarios without internet connection, attempt to send information and seek for help on more basic way such as SMS.
  • People close to the catastrophe will receive warnings on how to proceed to help those around them.

Resources with NASA Data:

  • Risk regions monitoring.
  • Impending catastrophe warning.
  • Disaster information images.
  • Previous catastrophes data.

External Data Features:

  • Separation of catastrophes by area.
  • Contents of survival kits.
  • How to proceed in specific situations.

Types of Natural Disasters

  • Rain Storms
  • Snowstorms
  • Sand Storms
  • Hail storms
  • Lightning storms
  • Earthquakes
  • Hurricanes
  • Cyclones
  • Typhoon
  • Drought
  • Volcanic eruptions

SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.