At the 12th Australia Safer Community Awards in Canberra yesterday the Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland launched a new Android App (available for iOS too) called DisasterWatch which is available from the Android Market. The app will pull in data from ‘the latest public information about disaster events via direct feeds from a range of authoritative States, Territory and national sources.’
Funding for the app was announced by the Attorney General on July 29 this year when he cited ‘Nearly half of all calls to Triple Zero are non-urgent calls and when a disaster happens, calls are often requests for information about the disaster’. The app will hopefully lessen the amount of calls to Triple 0 which are not related to an emergency, allowing Triple 0 to respond to real emergencies.
The app is quite informative it starts out as a map of Australia and you can choose from Australia wide alerts or simply choose a state or territory to get more localised information, the alerts can be selected and have more information behind them and also have links to the source which takes you to the blog or public news feed the information was pulled from.
National emergencies affect my current job and I need to know up to date information, i`ve never even felt a call to Triple 0 was appropriate to find out information but obviously there are people out there who do, so it`s good to see this app being made available, it certainly lets you know about what`s happening. If you think this will be handy for you, head on over to the Android Market and check it out, don`t forget to check out the 10 Cent apps while you`re there.