FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recently launched m.fema.gov, a skinnier version of its disaster information Web site developed specifically for mobile cell phones. The site provides vital information about floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms and other emergencies and answers to key questions like “How do I keep my family safe?” and “How do I return home safely?”
Of course, a bigger question is how reliable are cell phones in the aftermath of a disaster? This varies based on the scale and location of the emergency, the data provider, and other factors. There is no guarantee your phone carrier will be available, but it helps to know this resource exists in the first place.
Below is the video from FEMA making the announcement:
FEMA plans to expand and improve the site to allow individuals to apply for federal disaster assistance, check their application status or update an existing application.
With hurricane season beginning June 1, FEMA also launched a hurricane page at m.fema.gov/hurricanes.htm. It offers helpful ideas on how to prepare for a hurricane, how to stay safe during a hurricane, and how to recover in the aftermath of a hurricane.