As the use and capabilities of mobile devices expands, U-SEEE PERL is incorporating mobile technology into its preparedness training. Download our mobile apps and learn more about the potential of emerging technology in public health emergency response.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) Tutorial App
PFA Tutorial provides a just-in-time review for those who have previously received training to provide PFA. The tutorial describes the four core actions of PFA providers, reviews ways to engage with disaster survivors, lists common reactions to traumatic events, and provides an opportunity to check understanding in practice scenarios. Available for iPhone, Android and as a mobile website. Learn more and get the app.
Responder Self Care App
This mobile app aids those deployed to emergency response events in maintaining their own physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. It provides checklists for before, during, and after deployment that help responders pack for deployment, take care of daily needs, maintain important relationships, reflect on experiences, and more. Customizable reminders ensure that critical tasks are not forgotten and tips explain why certain aspects of self care are vital.
A variety of responders will find this app useful to help manage their self care while working in demanding situations, when caring for oneself is essential in order to help and care for others. Learn more and get the app.
Prepare your Cell Phone for Response
- Know your phone, its features (e.g. camera, texting, wi-fi, GPS), and its limitations (e.g. battery life, dead zones). Explore your settings and be aware of what features you need during an emergency and what features you can turn off to save battery life.
- Back up your contacts list regularly.
- Store and synchronize essential documents on an online storage service (such as Dropbox) that offers remote access from your mobile device.
- Download apps (e.g. first aid, Google Earth, flashlight) that may facilitate or improve your response during emergencies.
- Update your apps regularly.
- Bookmark essential websites in your web browser. Be sure to use the mobile website version when available (for example m.fema.gov).
- Use a protective case.
- Take photos of your gokit and store photos on your phone so that during an emergency, you can verify that you have all supplies.
- Consider purchasing a low-cost solar battery charger.