Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 2

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

America's PrepareAthon!

National PrepareAthon! Day is April 30, 2015 and will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these six specific hazards:

Campaign Goals

The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
  • Take action to increase their preparedness
  • Participate in community resilience planning

What can I do?

  • Register to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and provide details about the activities you’re planning.
  • Plan your own local community or organizational preparedness event
  • Participate in discussion forums online with like-minded community members
  • Learn the actions to take for disaster preparedness and practice them!

Where can I find more information?
For more information about disasters, preparedness, and ways to get involved in America's PrepareAthon!, access the America's repareAthon! Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions here.

Energy Department Launches Mobile App for Energy Emergencies
WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy launched a mobile app called Lantern Live that helps consumers quickly find and share critical information about nearby gas stations and power outages during energy emergencies. The app builds on the Obama Administration’s commitment to improve national energy preparedness in the face of extreme weather and other events that can result in power disruptions.

“The Energy Department is committed to the continued advancement of innovative technologies that will help our communities become more resilient and recover more quickly from emergencies,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Lantern Live has the potential to be a convenient tool for people during and after severe weather events.”

Lantern Live allows users to report the operational status of local gas stations, find fuel, and look up power outage maps from local utilities, while also accessing useful tips and guidelines. With the launch of this app, the Energy Department is testing the power of crowdsourcing and open data in disaster and recovery.

Future releases of Lantern Live will likely include the ability to crowdsource information on the status of gas stations via standardized hashtags for social media. Lantern Live’s code will also be open source, allowing technology innovators and entrepreneurs to reuse the code in their own apps, explore new opportunities for other sectors and applications, and further leverage the power of open data.

Built in response to lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, Lantern Live also builds on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative, which is designed to accelerate the development of open data for power outages. This app also helps lay the groundwork for emerging best practices of mobile app development across the federal government.

Lantern Live is currently available free for Android devices through Google Play.

For information on additional Administration resiliency efforts announced through the President's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, please view here.

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