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 Data.gov/applications.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.


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.


ShakeMap

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


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.


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

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.




Safety Applications

SaferBus

Planning a bus trip? Look before you book. First, use the SaferBus app to check the safety record of the carrier you are choosing.




Transportation Applications

SaferBus

Planning a bus trip? Look before you book. First, use the SaferBus app to check the safety record of the carrier you are choosing.