This week, Preparis focused on five of the best crisis management applications. For businesses, emergency preparedness plans are much more than just a binder on a shelf. Your incident management program needs to be a tested, practiced set of plans which all levels of your team are trained upon. Encouraging employees to download disaster recovery apps helps by enabling access to emergency plans, checklists, and response protocols helps establish a culture of preparedness within your organization.

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We looked at the FEMA app to prepare and respond to different aspects of a disaster; WISER for managing the cleanup of toxic chemicals and hazardous substances; and the Red Cross apps for First Aid and Shelter View to find the closest shelter to your geographic location in the event of a crisis. We’ll round out the series with the app from AccuWeather available for Android, Windows, Blackberry and iPhone users.

AccuWeather for iPhone was voted “Best iPhone App” by the 2012 Mobie awards, as it features forecasts in 22 languages and pushes severe weather alerts in your area. Users say it’s their “Go-to weather app” as AccuWeather is a beefed up version of the standard Weather app which comes installed on any new iPhone.

The AccuWeather app asks the user to select his or her current location or search for any city, then will display pertinent weather information including temperature, wind chill, wind direction, humidity, and several other weather statistics. A simple swipe across the screen shows the hourly forecast for 24 hours. The app has social integration for easy sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

The forecast section of the screen shows a weekly forecast while the maps section shows current weather maps of the selected area. Videos provide local and national weather news. Under the “More”¦” tab there is a wonderful section that gives how the weather affects lifestyle activities including health factors, outdoor activities, and sports. This app provides detailed, practical weather-related information and allows you to configure it to show the information you find most important.

Usability 5/5
Content 5/5
Organization 5/5
Real World Scenario Benefits 4/5
Overall   4.75/5

For more information about solutions for emergency preparedness, contact us at info@preparis.com or give us a call at 404.662.2950. Be sure to follow Preparis on Facebook and Twitter plus check back on the blog for more disaster apps.

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.