Disaster Alert is a free, mobile app that provides individuals, families, and their loved ones with the information they need to stay safe anywhere in the world. Built on PDC’s DisasterAWARE® platform, Disaster Alert™ offers near real-time updates about 18 different types of active hazards as they are unfolding around the globe.
With Disaster Alert, you can customize early warning alerts, view situational analysis reports, and access modeled hazard impacts for select hazards in a single, easy-to-use map interface. Disaster Alert’s continuous stream of new information is automatically derived from only scientifically verified sources. When no official source is available, alerts are updated manually, presenting a small lag in time.
Hazard updates provided with Disaster Alert include only active hazards. “Active Hazards” are part of a collection of recent incidents that have been designated as potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets by PDC.
Global events (Automated): Hurricanes (tropical cyclones / typhoons), earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, floods, wildfires. Also included for the U.S. only are tornados and winter storms.
Other Major events (Manual): Marine hazards, storms, droughts, and manmade incidents.Also included for Hawaii only are high surf advisories, high winds, and flash floods.
*Additional hazards will be included as new sources and algorithms are identified and verified.
NEW IN VERSION 4.0
*NEW: Free, customizable hazard alerts based on location and severity, with automatic updates as each new advisory is released
*NEW: Animated Layers (rainfall, clouds, winds, more…)
*NEW: Layers for tropical storm tracks and 20 other various incidents (including smaller earthquakes, etc.)
*NEW: Improved navigation and user experience, including user preferences for look and feel
*NEW: Support for select international languages (other languages are added over time)
OTHER KEY FEATURES
Interactive map interface displaying 18 different types of active hazards
Situational analysis reports including modeled impact analyses for select hazards
Customizable background maps
Map overlays with population densities, global cloud coverage, and more.
- Free, customizable hazard alerts based on location and severity, with automatic updates as each new advisory is released
- Animated Layers (rainfall, clouds, winds, more…)
- Layers for tropical storm tracks and 20 other various incidents (including smaller earthquakes, etc.)
- Improved navigation and user experience, including user preferences for look and feel
- Support for select international languages (other languages are added over time)
Ratings and Reviews
Eye Opening App
I don't know about other people but sometimes I get "tunnel vision" and tend to focus more on what is going on in my little corner of the world. This app has been an eye opener for me in terms of the bigger picture about calamities occurring all over our world. It is sobering to see so many disasters and makes me much more appreciative of each day. The app is easy to navigate and very informative. It's definitely a keeper.
3rd Review - Deleting App because it Doesn’t Work Now
I just posted a few days ago. When I first got this app a couple of years ago, it worked great. Then with each update to “improve” the app, things kept getting worse. The last time I posted that I’d have to delete & reinstall this app because just a day or two after installing, the symbol you tap on to view the disasters would disappear & there was no way to get it back. So I reinstalled it for the 3rd time 2 days ago & the following day, that symbol disappeared again! I’ll never install this one again. A complete waste of my time. I will find a disaster app that will work. My job requires that I stay abreast of worldwide disasters.
Fair to partly cloudy
This app leaves out or they don't know of other reported events that happens as the earthquake in Northwest Tennessee on Feb. 2017 never showed up on this app ! There need to be a archives search on this app for back information, if you want to track back history. Nothing reported on nuclear waste of Japan Monitoring or other sites. No links to lake or river pollution levels that each U.S. state documents and reports. I probably want keep this app much longer ! If you get this app opp out of notices an alert ! You'll get pop ups all the time ! You can turn off in the app also !
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.