Open government data powers software applications that help people make informed decisions on public safety.

While we can’t and don’t endorse specific apps, below are just a few examples of government, citizen, and business tools that: use open government data from the United States; are accessible, vetted, and available; and are, for the majority, free and do not require registration to use. Submit Public Safety application suggestions at Contact Public Safety and see more examples of applications made with open government data at

Mobile Applications
  • Get instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes.

  • Designed for parents, Recalls Plus can monitor recalls of children’s products.  This app lets you search recall history by brand or category, create a personal watch list of items, track allergen related recalls, share relevant recalls with others, and read and monitor recalls from all relevant US government agencies.

  • MobileREMM contains selected, key files from the online, full version of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) tool.

  • In the event of an emergency, time is of the essence. The Honolulu Tsunami Evacuation Zones app allows you to quickly and easily discover if you are in an tsunami evacuation zone.

  • SaferBus App provides the general public an efficient way to view and access the safety performance of commercial motor carriers including motor coach and bus companies.

  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and Department of Agriculture monitor the safety of thousands of products and issue hundreds of recall announcements each year of millions of products. Now you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it — right on your mobile phone.

  • WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents, providing a wide range of information on hazardous substances.

Web Applications

Roadway Safety Dashboard and Community of Practice

The Roadway Safety Data Community of Practice (COP) is an online community of transportation practitioners who share an interest in promoting and sharing approaches to effective roadway safety data collection and management practices. The COP Web site provides dashboard tools and soon you will be able to join the community or sign in if you are already a member.

Storm Quicklook

The CO-OPS Storm QuickLook product provides a synopsis of near real-time oceanographic and meteorological observations at locations affected by a tropical cyclone. Within the Storm QuickLook interface, selected CO-OPS water level and meteorological time-series plots are updated in near real-time and undergo continuous review by the CO-OPS quality control system.

Extreme Water Level Statistics

Provides annual and monthly exceedance probability statistics for select CO-OPS water level stations with at least 30 years of data. This information may also be instrumental in planning for the possibility of dangerously high or low water events on a local level.

Operational Forecast System(Coastal and Estuarine Water Levels, Currents, Water Temperature, Sailinity)

This program develops, implements and disseminates a national network of Operational Nowcast and Forecast Hydrodynamic Model Systems (called OFS). It supports marine navigation, coastal resource use and ecological forecasting. The OFS performs nowcast and short-term (0 hr. – 48 hr.) forecast predictions of pertinent parameters (e.g., water levels, currents, salinity, temperature, waves).

The National Water Level Observation Network

Currently, the primary application for high resolution, 1-minute water level data is to support national tsunami warning and mitigation efforts. At the current time, CO-OPS operates tide stations on all US coasts in support of tsunami warning.

Rail Safety Data Visualization

Interactively run queries to visually render 10-year profiles of rail accident and safety data.

Safety Book

SafetyBook provides a private personal product-safety monitoring service to help protect your family and children from the danger of faulty products.

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)

REMM provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies. REMM provides just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise.


A ShakeMap is a representation of ground shaking produced by an earthquake. The information it presents is different from the earthquake magnitude and epicenter that are released after an earthquake because ShakeMap focuses on the ground shaking produced by the earthquake, rather than the parameters describing the earthquake source.

Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER)

PAGER is an automated system that produces content concerning the impact of significant earthquakes around the world, informing emergency responders, government and aid agencies, and the media of the scope of the potential disaster. PAGER rapidly assesses earthquake impacts by comparing the population exposed to each level of shaking intensity with models of economic and fatality losses based on past earthquakes in each country or region of the world.

USGS Tweet Earthquake Dispatch (TED)

USGSted (USGS Tweet Earthquake Dispatch) distributes alerts for earthquakes worldwide with magnitudes of 5.5 and above. @USGSted earthquake tweets contain a magnitude descriptor, location, origin time, and a link to the USGS webpage with the most recent information about the event. After some significant earthquakes, @USGSted will also tweet supplementary information about the event.

Crime in Chicagoland

Crime in Chicagoland created by the Chicago Tribune is an interactive analysis of crime across the greater Chicago metropolitan region, including: street-level detail about crimes reported in Chicago communities, one-year and 12-year crime graphs for a longer-term view, and the latest annual data for more than 250 Chicagoland municipalities.

Open Government Data Used: Chicago – Crimes – 2001 to Present

Pedestrian and Bicycle Geographic Information System (GIS) Safety Analysis Tools

GIS software turns statistical data (such as accidents) and geographic data (such as roads and crash locations) into meaningful information for spatial analysis and mapping. In this suite of tools, GIS-based analytical techniques have been applied to a series of pedestrian and bicycle safety issues, including safe routes for walking to school, selection of streets for bicycle routes, and high pedestrian crash zones. Users downloading these tools must meet minimum GIS software requirements.

Surrogate Safety Assessment Model (SSAM)

SSAM is a tool for traffic engineers to perform comparative safety analysis of highway design alternatives using traffic simulation models. The software combines traffic microsimulation and automated conflict analysis. It is designed to be compatible with as many traffic simulation models as possible, such as VISSIM, Paramics, AIMSUN, and TEXAS. SSAM uses the best possible surrogate measures (i.e., most representative of crash propensity) that are observable in simulation models. It also supports flexible analysis (e.g., different aggregations of statistics, different visualization types).

National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Metadata/Attribute Builder Software

The software is provided to help the operator build digital geospatial attribute and metadata information for pipelines and LNG plants. For detailed information about the software’s usage and output, please refer to the NPMS Operator Standards.

Geospatial Information Systems Safety Analysis Tools

Computerized crash analysis systems in which crash data, roadway inventory data, and traffic operations data can be merged are used in many state and municipalities to identify problem locations and assess the effectiveness of implemented countermeasures. By integrating this traditional system with a geographical information system (GIS), which offers spatial referencing capabilities and graphical displays, a more effective crash analysis program can be realized. The analysis tools include five separate programs to evaluate crashes: Spot/Intersection Analysis, Strip Analysis, Cluster Analysis, Sliding-Scale Analysis, and Corridor Analysis.

Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE)

PEDSAFE provides practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. This online tool gives users a list of possible engineering, education, and/or enforcement treatments to improve pedestrian safety and/or mobility based on user input about a specific location.

Signal Analysis Software (FORTRAN)

The NHTSA Tools (Fortran) comprise NHTSA’s original work in developing software for the analysis of signal data generated as a result of instrumented vehicle, biomechanical, component, and signal waveform generator tests. Some of the core algorithms in this package are documented in Federal standards and have served as the theoretical foundation upon which current software has been developed. While this package is no longer under active development, the sources, documentation, and available binaries have been published on this site as a resource for the research community.

Structural Impact Simulation And Model Extraction (SISAME) System

The SISAME (Structural Impact Simulation And Model Extraction) system has been developed by NHTSA R&D to extract optimal lumped-parameter structural impact models from actual or simulated vehicle crash event data. At the core of this system SISAME-3D provides a full representation of three-dimensional vehicle structures to support modeling applications including oblique and nonoblique frontal and side impacts and vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility interactions. SISAME-3D can be also used for finite element model tuning and as a workbench for exploring the space of safety-optimized designs. The combination of optimal extraction and simulation of efficient low to mid complexity models makes SISAME-3D a powerful and unique tool for vehicle impact research.

FRA Web Accident Prediction System (WBAPS)

This site was established for the purpose of making railroad safety information readily available to a broad constituency which includes FRA personnel, railroad companies, research and planning organizations and the public, in general.

Visitors have access to railroad safety information including accidents and incidents and highway-rail crossing data. From this site users can run dynamic queries and view current statistical information on railroad safety.

Entree for Windows (Crash Analysis Software)

Entree is a data entry and validation application, for the Microsoft Windows XP platforms, developed for the express purpose of assembling data-rich crash test data sets. The NHTSA Office of Crashworthiness Research is making this software available to its contractors, test sites, and the public in order to facilitate the receipt, processing and exchange of this data.

Signal Analysis Software

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Research and Development offers signal analysis software for Windows platforms for the analysis and processing of crash test data. Basic mathematical processing (filters, resampling) and injury criteria computations are included with a number of the packages.

Signal Analysis Software (Automatic)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Research and Development offers signal analysis software for Windows platforms for the analysis and processing of crash test data. Basic mathematical processing (filters, resampling) and injury criteria computations are included with a number of the packages. This package contains: ankle rotation, load cell analysis, MHD filter, signal browser, vehicle checker, toe pan intrusion, roof crush, injury assessment values, and auto injury criteria.