Air Force

February 8, 2013

On-the-go app makes it easier to ‘be ready’

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Whether it’s an active shooter or natural disaster, when emergencies occur, it’s important to be prepared.

Now, thanks to Air Force Emergency Management, there’s an app for that.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division here has developed an Air Force “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, for use on Android devices. The app was designed as an on-the-go source for emergency hazard information and preparation guides and is the latest resource available through AFEM’s Be Ready Awareness Campaign.

“The Be Ready app provides information about what to do before, during and after specific threats,” said Rob Genova, AFCEC emergency management education and training specialist. “It’s a complement to our printed Air Force Emergency Preparedness Guide.”

Having worked through hurricanes, tornadoes and other emergencies, Jay Granberg, a news photographer at WMBB-TV in Panama City, Fla., said he’s impressed with the app.

“It’s simple, easy to use, not cluttered like other apps I’ve seen. There’s a lot of information, and it moves smoothly from section to section. It will be a great resource, not only for my family, but for those times when I am covering disasters that affect the community,” Granberg said.

The app offers emergency education and awareness information, and gives users tools to better prepare them for disasters.

“It has a family evacuation plan that you can tailor to your needs,” said Genova. “It’s pre-loaded with emergency numbers and sites like the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross. You can also add your own emergency contacts and local agencies.

“We encourage everyone to have an emergency supply kit,” Genova said, “and the app provides a checklist for items you may need which you can modify to match your particular region or threat.”

Feedback for the app, which was downloaded more than 250 times within the first four days of release, has been very positive, Genova said.

Air Force officials know there’s a need for products on other mobile platforms and they’re working on delivering that.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Samuel Price

RMO, stakeholders keep eye on sky

Samuel Price The road used to get onto the Barry M. Goldwater Range lies beneath the running water July 9, 2014, that resulted from monsoon rains. With data from the additional recently installed weather stations, personnel wil...
 
 

Air Force OSI agents prevent online exploitation of children

QUANTICO, Va. — Child sex crimes are not unique to any particular base but are a perpetual problem across the Air Force and society. Online exploitation of children continues to be a problem and is routinely investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. As part of this effort, AFOSI field units have partnered...
 
 
Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS

New Sniper pod helps put pilots’ eyes on target

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 425th Fighter Squadron recently installed Sniper Pods onto their F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force Base. Sniper pods provide improved long-range target detection/identification and contin...
 

 

Air Force News – February 27, 2015

California Aircrew from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, participated in a Marine Corps exercise Feb. 10 through 12 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center ins Twentynine Palms by assisting with close-air support for ground units and providing air support for Integrated Training Exercise 2-15. Japan Emergency response personnel from Kadena Air Base, Torii...
 
 

People First – February 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in each title. Priorities of AF acquisition outlined at symposium...
 
 

75-day leave carryover expires at fiscal 2015 end

Beginning Sept. 30, the 75-day carryover policy that allows members to carry more than 60 days of leave from the prior fiscal year will expire. Any leave balance more than 60 days at the end of fiscal 2015 will be automatically forfeited. Only members entitled to special leave accrual will be allowed to carry a...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin