Disaster Alert is a free mobile app for public use that provides the global community with critical hazard alerts and information needed 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 natural hazards as they are unfolding around the globe.
With Disaster Alert, you can customize early warning alerts, view estimated impact reports, and access visualized modeled hazard data. Disaster Alert’s continuous stream of new information is automatically generated from the most reliable, scientifically verified sources. When no official source is available, alerts are updated manually by Pacific Disaster Center, presenting only a small lapse of time between the time of an event and the availability of information in the system.
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.
INCLUDED HAZARD TYPES
*Automatically processed in near real time:Hurricanes (tropical cyclones / typhoons), earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, floods, wildfires, U.S. tornados and winter storms.
*Manually Processed: Marine hazards, storms, droughts, and manmade incidents. High surf advisories, high winds, and flash floods are available for Hawaii only.
NEW IN VERSION 7.1.9
*New Fixed Menu: DisasterAlert now features a fixed menu bar at the bottom of the screen. When a menu item is selected, users can adjust the size of the menu by dragging it upwards to a fully open state, dragging down for fully closed, or dragging partway to 40% of the screen.
*New Action Menu: The action menu, represented by three dots at the bottom of each menu panel […], has been relocated to the top right corner of each menu panel. When selected, the action menu will load additional options.
*New Hazards Symbology: Hazard icons, color coding, and shapes have been updated. Colors now represent hazard severity, with red being the most severe and blue being the least. Please refer to the DisasterAWARE 7.0 User Guide for additional details.
*New Themes: There is a new theme that integrates DisasterAWARE branding, colors, and iconography. Additional themes have been created including a Dark mode and Light mode.
OTHER KEY FEATURES
*Customizable alerts based on your geographic area of interest and hazard severity
*When the map tip is activated by selecting a hazard on the map, users can get estimated impact information by choosing the "Info" link and viewing Hazard Brief.
* Interactive map interface displays 18 different types of active hazards
*Customizable background maps
*Map layers with overlays for population densities, global cloud coverage, and more.
Disaster Alert v 7.1.9
Menu: Disaster Alert now features a fixed menu bar at the bottom of the screen.
Action Menu: The action menu, represented by three dots […] has been relocated to the top right corner of each menu panel.
Hazards Icons: Hazard icons have been updated. Colors now represent hazard severity.
Themes: New theme options have been added.
Refer to https://www.disasteraware.org/disasteralertreleasenotes for more.
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing app with so much data
I had to take this off my old phone when it ran out of memory, but I re-added it on my new phone immediately. It is fascinating, albeit a little alarming to see problems all around the world! It’s amazing to realize that our lifestyle here in the United States is responsible for so many earthquakes, floods, volcanoes and droughts all over the planet! To think that all hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and health pandemics are the fault of fat lazy Americans driving Hummers makes me sad to be breathing air on this precious planet. Naturally NONE of these things ever happened before America came along. I’d kill myself it this app weren’t so darn interesting.
This is a fantastic app I’d like to see being used worldwide! Using a system of communication with government disaster alerts and social media to communicate with the public in the line of fire, what others may not, we can all be quickly informed of local disasters to drive around, like CA fires, or when an earthquake across the world will or will not produce a tsunami threat! Great resource! Thank you to the dedicated staff working all ours to give us the latest weather & disaster related information like hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, fires & more! Most current, local info at your fingertips!
So many problems
First off wouldn’t recognize my login information, had to create a new account. Not too much of a big deal but then I tried using the app..... horrible. The interface is real buggy, you have to tap on a location 30 times before it will actually register that you tapped it. Im sure the information from this app is great since it’s from the PDC, but it doesn’t help if you can’t even select the items you want the information from. Trying to change user preferences is basically impossible, I tried something as simple as changing the time zone. Wouldn’t recognize Tokyo as a time zone, then tried to select it by country but wouldn’t even let me select japan. Already given up, if the app can’t handle the basic things, then I don’t trust it to do anything else. From what I’ve been reading, it was great before a major update. My suggestion go back.
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- Disaster Alert Network LLC
- 131 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
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