If anyone has been to Portland, you'll know that it is a rather hip city that's home to unique one-of-a-kind food carts like Grilled Cheese Grill (Try the Cheesus) or the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. But, whether you live here or are just visiting, keep up to date with news that could impact your day with these 5 apps:
- PulsePoint (Android or IOS) Ever wonder where that ambulance or fire truck is going? What to wow your dinner guest and be "in-the-know"? From PulsePoint's Website :"The PulsePoint app is a virtual window into these 911 communication centers and provides real-time access to emergency activity as it is occurring. Users can view incidents - including the current response status of dispatched units - and instantly pinpoint the location on an interactive map."
- Dangerous Goods Manual (Android) So you're driving along next to a semi truck and wondering what he may be carrying? Never wonder no more. With this app you'll know what they are carrying on board (and if you should give them just a little bit more room)
- Tsunami Alert (Android) Oregon is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but stay informed in case there may be a Tsunami warning. *Remember, if you are at the Oregon coast and you feel the ground shake, head to higher ground. Period. The authorities will give the all-clear but if a tsunami is coming, there may not be time for a warning *
- Red Cross (Android or IOS) No list about emergencies would be complete without a plug to the Red Cross. With apps covering everything from Pet First Aid to Earthquake, the Red Cross has the information you'd need at your fingertips.
- Accuweather (Android, also available for IOS) There's no escaping the weather. With AccuWeather, you can get hyper-location weather where you are, as well as by the minute forecasting, severe weather alerts, and weather radar. You know what they say in Portland: " If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes".
So while you're here, either visiting or you call Portland home, have the emergency info you need at your fingertips. Remember: Preparedness is Personal. It Starts With You.
If you know of any other apps that relay disaster and emergency info let me know and we'll add it to this list.