Two free disaster-preparedness Facebook apps went live after winning a challenge sponsored by HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response earlier this year. Project: Lifeline, which won first prize and $10,000, is a framework for preparing for disaster and establishing outside contacts for assistance during and after a disaster. The app bReddi, which won second prize and $5,000, similarly assists users in preparing for disaster and managing disaster contacts, and also allows for the monitoring of different disaster threat levels.
Late News: Winning disaster-preparedness apps go live on Facebook
“The question is, who can you count on in an emergency and who can count on you?” Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response, and a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, said in a news release. “We know that people who have friends or relatives they can rely on for help are healthier and live longer than those who don't, and that every disaster has the potential to impact health, so having people you can depend on for help is especially important during a disaster.”
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