I found some really cool iPhone apps for emergency preparedness at a Red Cross training session, given last weekend to volunteers in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Palo Alto as a city is more prepared than most, with a small army of volunteers, mobile response teams, and sophisticated communication and response system.
Remember police scanners? This is even better. The 5-0 Radio app can give you a live feed from local police, fire, and other civil organizations.
Browse your local area, or anywhere in the country. We even have amateur radio operators. Cool!
Listen to a live radio feed.
Check out the California Road Report. You set a radius from your current location and it gives you list of road reports in the area.
The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) monitors natural disasters around the world, and they have a mobile app, World Disaster Alerts.
If disaster strikes, you can find the location of every open Red Cross shelter, using their app Shelter View. This screen shot was taken on a relatively quiet day.mobile data may be important in a crisis. So keep your phone and a solar charger nearby, just in case.