Government launches disaster alert smartphone app

Attorney-General launches 'DisasterWatch' for iPhone and Android smartphones

The federal Attorney-General's department has launched a 'DisasterWatch' app for iOS and Android based mobile devices.

The free DisasterWatch app offers access to state-sorted RSS feeds of alerts related to disasters and emergencies, as well as 'Action Guides' that include advice in dealing with emergencies such as cyclones, earthquakes and floods (though, strangely, not bushfires).

The app was launched in Canberra by federal Attorney-General, Robert yesterday at the Australian Safer Community Awards.

“Now that summer has started and the disaster season is upon us the launch of DisasterWatch gives the 4.5 million Australians who currently own smartphones another way of receiving emergency warnings and finding disaster related information," McClelland said.

“The take-up of smartphone technology has grown rapidly in Australia in the last 12 months and it is expected that by 2013 more people will access the internet via a mobile devices than via desktop computers."

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