Developers can leverage their technical skills to build platforms and apps to improve disaster response and recovery efforts and below you’ll find information about tools and data that you can use to support first responders and survivors in the wake of a disaster. If you’ve built a platform or app please email us at

FEMA Disaster Declarations
Information about disaster declarations since 1953 and features all three disaster declaration types: major disaster, emergency and fire management assistance.
Watches, Warnings, and Advisories
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center feed of watches, warnings and advisories for the US that are currently in force.
Hurricane Evacuation Routes
Homeland Security Infrastructure Program Hurricane evacuation routes.
is open sourcing a Rapid Response Kit for developers to stand up communications solutions during an emergency response, featuring SMS-powered volunteer signup and survivor surveys, flexible push and pull conference calling, and phone tree configuration. Users can start with $500 free credit by visiting to clone or download the Rapid Response Kit.
TaskRabbit Needs for First Responders
is a web portal offering a real-time marketplace to connect local service providers with those that need assistance, without any fees. Those interested in joining the pilot program can email
The American Red Cross provides different disaster preparedness apps in English and Spanish to deal with first aid emergencies, weather emergencies, and natural disasters. Users can download the apps for free at

If you would like to share a Challenge Statement where innovations in technology can be applied to improve our disaster response and recovery, please email

Open Data Open Data: Identify challenges where the release of local, state, and federal open data sets can improve disaster response and recovery efforts.
Sharing Economy Sharing Economy Platforms: Identify challenges where platforms enable us to better share resources and harness in-person and virtual volunteers.
PredictiveAnalytics Predictive Analytics: Identify challenges where predictive analytics can inform risk assessments and enable data-driven decisions before, during and after a disaster.
Crowdsoucing Social Media: Identify challenges where the utilization of social media can improve situational awareness and enhance disaster response and recovery.
Preparedness User-Centered Design: Identify challenges where innovation can improve community preparedness and resilience.