Government Officials

Government officials need rapid information and tools to work effectively on disaster response and recovery efforts. Below you’ll find information about tools that have been developed to support you in the wake of a disaster. If there are free tools or open data we haven’t listed please email us at disastertech@ostp.gov.

FEMA Disaster Declarations Information about disaster declarations since 1953, which 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 U.S. that are currently in force.
Hurricane Evacuation Routes Homeland Security Infrastructure Program hurricane evacuation routes.
twilio
Twilio
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 Twilio.org to clone or download the Rapid Response Kit.
taskrabbit
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 DisasterRelief@TaskRabbit.com.
redcross
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 http://www.redcross.org/mobileapps.

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 disastertech@ostp.gov.

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.