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Earthquake? There’s an app for that

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | JUN 08 2010

Six students in the management of technology MBA program at Simon Fraser University have developed an iPhone application, QuakeAware, that tells you what to do in the event of an earthquake. The application is available for free online through the Apple iTunes store.

“The recent catastrophes in Haiti and Chile reminded us that an earthquake could strike anytime, anywhere,” says student Ryan Cole. In a survey of local B.C. residents, 89 percent said they did not feel adequately prepared for an earthquake.

The team was inspired by a U.S. filmmaker and Haiti earthquake victim who was able to use first-aid apps on his iPhone to treat his injuries until he could be rescued.

QuakeAware provides key information people need in the event of a quake, including a survival-kit checklist, basic first-aid information and steps for shutting off gas lines and other actions to keep your home safe.

As well, the application’s “My City” section contains location-specific emergency information such as relief centers, emergency routes and contact numbers.

“The value of the iPhone application,” says Mr. Cole, “is that all of this information is downloaded and saved on your phone, so even if Internet and phone connections are unavailable, you have it with you wherever you are.”

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