Global Alert Network has created a free app that gives you emergency updates, traffic alerts and weather info that you can access safely, even while in the car via hands-free audio alert. The app uses your device’s GPS to give you location-relevant alerts that are automatic, meaning one you download the app and set the alerts, you’re done. You don’t have to touch or interact with the device any further making it like those “set and forget it” cookers.
I recently discovered a cool app called Disaster Alert that won the BlackBerry Developer Challenge 2009 in Hong Kong. The app connects you to the most recent information about earthquakes, floods, tropical storms, volcano eruptions and other disasters. The information is presented in a very visual manner and based on your GPS position can tell you how close or far a disaster may be.
Features of the app include:
- Always up-to-date.
- Lists disasters and catastrophes.
- Earthquakes, floods, volcano eruptions, typhoons and cyclones.
- Shows disasters on a map.
The app has a wide variety of ways to alert you of a pending disaster. You can be alerted by text, distance, Twitter, SMS, email, etc. I personally think this app could be free if they got some money from Government or NGOs, but until then it’s $2.99 per month.