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Is There An App For That?

Chances are very high that you have an iPhone, tablet or smartphone in your pocket, on your desk, or in your briefcase. You are connected to your office, your family and your friends at all times. This is in part thanks to the apps that we all like to download and use. We all use apps for time management, contact lists, playing games, budgeting, etc.

Since we're all using these devices and apps, we thought it would be good idea to take a look at the apps specific to disaster recovery and business continuity. We've put together a list of some of the more popular and maybe a few lesser known apps. Use this list of apps as a resource and of course, please post a comment letting us know if we've missed an app. (We are planning on updating the website with an app resource page - so the more feedback from you the better. You will notice that we did not include the apps that are essentially ebooks about disaster recovery and business continuity - this is another blog post all together!)

iOS Apps

Disaster Alert (Pacific Disaster Center’s World Disaster Alerts)

  • Provides a listing and interactive map of Active Hazards occurring around the globe.
  • This includes a collection of current and real-time incidents including hurricane/tropical cyclone, drought, earthquake, flood, national weather service alerts, manmade, marine, storm, tsunami, volcano and wildfires.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
  • Free app.

ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage

  • Based on Heritage Preservation’s Emergency Response & Salvage Wheel. Developed by the NCPTT.
  • Outlines the critical stages of disaster response, such as stabilizing the environment and assessing damage.
  • Salvage tips for nine types of collections: photographs, books and documents, paintings, electronic records, textiles and organic materials, and natural history specimens.
  • This app helps users protect precious collections and significant records, access reliable information instantly and save damaged objects.
  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.
  • Free app.

Hurricane Track for iOS

  • Atlantic hurricane tracking application.
  • Includes eight live radar animations, future projected cyclone paths, potential cloud formations that can evolve into tropical cyclones, information on current storms and tropical weather outlooks.
  • Provide projected hurricane paths for the next five days and current storm information.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
  • Free app.

MIR3 Mobile

  • MIR3 Mobile Recipient app gives mobile users a way to receive and respond to important messages sent from the Intelligent Notification platform on their smart phone.
  • When a mobile user answers an alert, their GPS location is detected and returned with their response, making it easy to locate those who are traveling or at another location.
  • In the case of an emergency alert, this information helps decision makers determine who is in danger, who needs help and how to direct folks to safety.
  • Works well for international travelers due to the use of the Intelligent Notification platform over phone networks or Wi-Fi.
  • Compatible with iPhone. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
  • Free app.

Phoenix Enterprise

  • Push the latest version of your disaster recovery plan to your iPhone and iPad.
  • Share your current location.
  • Get directions to your hot-site or meeting location.
  • Initiate informative or emergency notifications to your peers, organization, the public or press with your existing mass notification provider.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
  • Free app.

Phoenix Mobile

  • Helps you prepare and plan for threats to your business.
  • Contact your team when an incident or disaster occurs.
  • Locate your team and hot-site when an incident or disaster occurs.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
  • Free app.

RapidRecall

  • Emergency notification solution to perform an automated call tree.
  • Delivers messages via SMS and voice.
  • Tracks acknowledgements and provides graphical reports.
  • Must have a user account and password to login. See http://www.rapidrecall.net.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
  • Free app.

Risk Pages

  • UK’s leading risk directory and resource, connecting you with key risk disciplines of insurance, risk and compliance, business continuity, security and software.
  • Useful for those responsible for managing any element of a company’s risk, such as financial directors, managing directors, IT managers and directors.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
  • Free app.

Send Word Now For iPhone

  • Provides an easy-to-use alerting and response platform designed for quickly executing and tracking alerts and responses - even while away from the office.
  • Provides a custom-built interface for allowing administrators to directly send voice alerts to mobile and landline phones, text alerts via SMS and email, and more.
  • Alerts are tracked from initiation to response, right from your iPhone.
  • A subscription is required for use of the application.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Require iOS 3.1.2 or later.
  • Free app.

SPI Planner

  • Helps you effectively execute a critical process or plan by integrating your critical plan steps, contacts, and mobile communications into a single application.
  • Self contained iOS app that is capable of creating, capturing and facilitating the testing and execution of various types of resilience plans such as BCP and DRP.
  • Designed to be a mobile tool in facilitating and augmenting the tracking and communications requirements of resilience plan executions.
  • Also includes the SPI Browser - provides a read only view of the resilience plan archives generated by SPI Planner. The SPI Browser disseminates complex resilience plan execution status and information in addition to the native email and SMS text message functions provided by SPI Planner. Download the SPI Browser separately.
  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
  • $1.99

xMatters

  • Extends enterprise communications to your iPhone and other iOS devices.
  • Send communications to thousands of simultaneous users across many channels including phone calls, emails, SMS and paging.
  • Users can receive push notifications which are cheaper than the SMS equivalent messages.
  • Execute call-tress for mass communication.
  • Send targeted IT alerts to on call staff.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
  • Free app.

Android Apps

BIA

  • This tool can be used in any sized business to determine the criticality of business processes and pave the way to creating a business continuity plan
  • Allows you to store three BIAs.
  • Requires Android 1.5 and up.
  • Free app.

Disaster Alert

  • From the Pacific Disaster Center.
  • Provides global disaster information on an interactive map, Active Hazards on an interactive map includes: hurricane/tropical cyclone, earthquake, flood, national weather service alerts, manmade, marine, storm, tsunami, volcano and wildfire.
  • Requires Android 2.1 and up.
  • Free app.

Emergency Alert

  • Alerts you to urgent events via SMS, even when your phone is on silent mode.
  • Useful for: business continuity and disaster notifications.
  • Listens for green, yellow and red alerts.
  • Requires Android 2.1 and up.
  • $1.09

Emergency Response Tool

  • This is a real-time emergency response tool.
  • Incident planning and management app.
  • Locale-based and leverages email, Facebook, Twitter and SMS for managing touch points send group messages alerting your touch points of an emergency.
  • Pinpoint the exact location of the emergency via Google Maps.
  • Touch points can receive group text messages, receive Tweets from designated Twitter accounts or receive updates from other social media platforms.
  • Requires Android 2.1 and up.
  • Free app.

FEMA

  • Contains preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations and Shelters.
  • Requires Android 2.0 and up.
  • Free app.

MIR3 Mobile

  • Integrated component of MIR3’s Business Continuity tools.
  • Used to communicate urgent notifications to recipients and receive specific responses back from the recipients.
  • Requires Android 1.5 and up.
  • Free app.

Quantitative Mobile

  • Access your Quantitative business continuity plans on-the-go.
  • Sync your Quantitative business continuity plans to your mobile device and access them online or offline - wherever and whenever they are needed.
  • Sync all of your plans or just individual sections.
  • Ancludes an offline mode so you can view your plans in the event of a network disruption
  • Requires Android 1.5 and up.
  • Free app.

Don't be shy - post in the comments and let us know what you think of these apps and of course please direct us to any that we have missed!

 

Big thanks to Cole Emerson MBCI, MBCP, CPP of Cole Emerson & Associates, LLC for the blog topic suggestion and research.

 

Vicki Thomas is an Associate Editor with Disaster Recovery Journal

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