NERV Disaster Prevention 4+

All you need, in one app

Gehirn Inc.

    • 4.0 • 8 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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The NERV Disaster Prevention App is a smartphone service that delivers earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption and emergency warnings, as well as provides weather-related disaster prevention information for flooding and landslides, optimised based on the user's current and registered locations.

The app was developed to help people living in or visiting an area where damage is expected to occur, to accurately assess the situation and make quick decisions and actions.

With information received directly through a leased line connected to the Japan Meteorological Agency, our proprietary technology enables the fastest information distribution in Japan.

▼ All the information you need, in one app

Get a wide range of disaster prevention information, including weather and typhoon forecasts, rain radar, earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruption alerts, emergency weather warnings and landslide information, river information, and heavy rain risk notifications.

By interacting with the map on the screen, you can zoom in on your location or pan across the country and see the cloud cover, typhoon forecast areas, tsunami warning areas, or the scale and intensity of an earthquake.

① Providing users with the most appropriate disaster information

The home screen displays the information you need at the time and place you need it. When there’s an earthquake, the home screen will show you the latest information. If another type of warning or alert is issued while the earthquake is active, the app will sort them depending on the type, elapsed time and urgency, so you’ll always have the most important information at your fingertips.

② Push Notifications for Important Information

We send out different types of notifications depending on the device’s location, the type of information and level of urgency. If the information is not urgent, we send a silent notification as not to disturb the user. For more urgent situations where a disaster is time-sensitive, a ‘Critical Alert’ alerts the user to an imminent danger. Notifications like Earthquake Early Warnings (Alert level) and Tsunami Warnings will be forced to sound, even if the device is in Silent or Do Not Disturb modes.

Note: Critical Alerts will only be sent to users in the target area of the most urgent types of disasters. Users who have registered their location but are not in the target area will instead receive a normal notification.

※ In order to receive Critical Alerts, you need to set your location permissions to “Always Allow” and have Background App Refresh turned on. If you don’t want Critical Alerts, you can disable them from Settings.

③ Barrier-Free Design

We paid close attention when designing the app to ensure our information is accessible to everyone. We put a focus on accessibility, with colour schemes that are easy to distinguish for people with colour blindness, and use a font with large, clear letters so long bodies of text are easy to read.

▼ Supporters’ Club (In-App Purchase)

In order to keep doing what we do, we’re looking for supporters to help us cover the development and operational costs of the app. The Supporters’ Club is a voluntary membership scheme for those who want to give back to the NERV Disaster Prevention app, by contributing to its development with a monthly fee.

You can find out more information about the Supporters’ Club on our website.


Gehirn Inc. is an information security company. The security and privacy of our users is our highest priority. We take great care not to collect excessive amounts of information about our users through this application.

Your exact location is never known to us; all location information is first converted to an area code used by everyone in that area (like a zip code). The server also doesn’t store past area codes, so your movements cannot be tracked.

Learn more about your privacy on our website.

What’s New

Version 4.2.0

In this update, we've improved support for J-Alert.
- Added support for English J-Alert notifications
- J-Alert notifications are now displayed on the home screen and timeline. Tap on the notification to view the warning area on the map
- Fixed display issues
- English translation fixes

J-Alerts used to be provided only as notifications, but now information can be viewed from Home and Timeline, in addition to notifications.

Following North Korea's missile launch on October 4th, the Government used the National Instantaneous Warning System (J-Alert) to send out information for the first time in five years (since 2017). The development team was initially surprised, wondering if there had been a system issue or a bug. However, after checking the data and watching the event unfold on TV, they realised it was not a mistake. Since then, missiles have been launched one after another, and the development team began preparing to enhance the app's J-Alert functionality by the end of the year.

We want to thank you for your continued use of the app. This release will be the last update before the end of the year. We will continue to update the app in 2023 to make it even more helpful for everyone.

The year-end and New Year's holidays are also when accidents and fires occur more commonly. We hope you all have a safe holiday season.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Kolbe I-Tunes ,

Good but…

I live in the US. So it’s impossible to get notified for a Japanese earthquake. I study the earthquakes there and this would be a better app if you could receive notifications without having to be in Japan. Otherwise it’s well built and pretty stable

Peeperbean ,


Excellent app however being from the United States, it would be nice if we could change the temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit in the settings.

Mattmatt729 ,

Everything I was looking for

Lived my entire in hurricane alley and if I can get a reliable alert app PLUS Nerv action, what’s not to love.

App Privacy

The developer, Gehirn Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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