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FEMA Debuts Spanish-Language App

Preloaded disaster information included

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released a Spanish-language app to provide Spanish-language speakers with information on what to do before, during and after a disaster.

The app includes preparedness tips — such as what to include in an emergency supply kit — as well as locations for nearby shelters and how to reach out for assistance after a disaster. The app also helps families develop a meeting place with the option of having a primary location as well as a second location, perhaps in another state.

“You can take the first step to disaster preparedness with just the swipe of your finger,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have made our lives more convenient — this app empowers us to be prepared.”

The app offers preloaded content ensuring that FEMA guidance is available anytime and anywhere — even if no Internet connection is available, according to the agency. The free app is available for iPhones and Android devices in the iTunes and the Google Play Stores.

Some 78% of Spanish-dominant Latinos and 81% of foreign-born Hispanics own a cellphone, according to a report from Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project.