Department of Health and Human Services Launches New Personal Preparedness Apps

Two free personal preparedness applications developed through a contest sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services are now live on Facebook. The apps help people to connect and identify essential lifelines during an emergency.

“After disasters, a tremendous number of people use Facebook to post and share information, so developing a Facebook app that would help people establish social connections they’ll need in an emergency seemed like a natural way to enhance community and individual resilience,” explained Dr. Nicole Lurie, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response, and a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.

The two apps, bReddi and Project: Lifeline, allow users to identify lifelines, create and share personal preparedness plans and track the status of their Facebook friends in disaster-affected areas. This capability means people can learn if their loved ones are safe and help those affected by the disaster. The apps also allow users to print cards with a snapshots of their preparedness plans to carry in their wallets as quick references about what to do when a disaster strikes.

Both apps can be accessed at www.phe.gov/lifeline/ or directly through Facebook.