FEMA launched a new feature to its free app that will enable users to receive weather alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends. The app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. Other key features of the app include:

•  Safety Tips: Tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes

•  Disaster Reporter: Users can upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts

•  Maps of Disaster Resources: Users can locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers

•  Apply for Assistance: The app provides easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance

•  Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish-language content for smartphones that have Spanish set as their default language

The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. Watch a YouTube video about the app.