Prep for Hurricane Joaquin with FEMA's mobile app.
Photo by FEMA
FEMA's mobile app offers great resources to prepare for disasters, including hurricanes.

Hurricane Joaquin is a Category 3 hurricane and may hit the East Coast, according to The Weather Channel. FEMA’s mobile app is offering tips on how to prepare for a hurricane and weather alerts for up to five locations.

According to FEMA’s website the app features include:

  • Alerts from the National Weather Service: Receive severe weather alerts for up to five locations across the U.S. and see information about how to stay safe.
  • Disaster Reporter:  Upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts.
  • Custom emergency safety information: Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency.
  • Maps of disaster resources: Locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers.
  • Safety tips: Learn how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
  • Apply for assistance: Easily access to apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish language content for smartphones that have Spanish set as their default language.

FEMA’s mobile app is available for Apple, Android and Blackberry devices. To download the app, visit The app can also be downloaded via text:

  • If you have an Apple device: Text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • If you have an Android device: Text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • If you have a Blackberry device: Text BLACKBERRY to 43362 (4FEMA)

You can also download FEMA’s PDF guide, “How to Prepare for A Hurricane,” here.

Be sure to follow FEMA on Twitter at @fema and visit for more disaster safety information.

Up Next

Hurricane Joaquin Approaches the East Coast

If Hurricane Joaquin hits the East Coast, it will have more intense rainfall than...