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Disaster Radio is a mobile app for people who are affected by natural disasters like wildfires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. The first release delivers updated wildfire maps to mobile devices and encourages social networking. Civilains can contribute to the firefighting effort by tweeting, bcause consolidated cowd-sourced data can be brought back to Incident Command.
Detailed fire maps created for public safety operations are quickly delivered to civilian SmartPhones, Pads and any PC/Laptop web-browser. The intuitive moving-map fire visualization has pinch zoom. The app will locate nearby wildfires, and then continually update the map as new data becomes available. A hash tags is generated and eople are encouraged to tweet. Social networking geo-tag'd tweets are mapped next to updated wildfire GIS (Geographic Information System perimeters). The app runs atonumously for US wildfire without a special background server, oderator nor anyone to manage it.
Organizing & geo-mapping tweets allows the public to better use that information during emergencies, and the Incident Command (IC) team too. Encouraging people to tweet improves the flow of useful information, and calms them because they are part of two way conversations. The third benefit is that public safety can crowd source helpful information while visualizing nearby risks. Having people's locations mapped will help the command team know where to watch for dangers.