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DisAPPster Evac App
$110 raised
0% of $60k goal
2 contributors
2 Years running

The BC Wildfires that have been ravaging the central interior for the past two weeks have been a devastating blow to our province but more specifically to over 47000 people that have been evacuated from their homes.

As our weather changes we are surely going to see more devastation by fire, flood and never-before seen storms. If this large-scale evacuation has taught me anything it’s that we need better systems in place to get the information out to our citizens. When a person has minutes to evacuate their home they do not have time to ‘look up’ what they need to do. They need the information now, not later.

This sentiment is shared by many evacuees having just minutes to escape before the flames knocked on their doors.

During this evacuation crisis, Business2Mobile Communications Inc. developed a temporary web application to assist evacuation centres in matching up local accommodations offered up by residents to evacuees. It was originally built for those affected in the Prince George Evacuation Registration Centre but was expanded to cover all of BC.

In speaking to multiple evacuees, we found many frustrations were shared amongst the evacuated.

  • Inaccurate, outdated or not enough information.
  • No government source for non-emergency information such as alternate accommodations.
  • No single online source to get accurate, trustworthy, and timely information.
  • Continuous process changes in the middle of crisis which lead to frustration and confusion for all involved.

Our goal is to build a downloadable mobile application for both the Apple and Google Play stores that assists evacuees from the time they are on evacuation alert to back home with cleanup. Features would include a push notification system for Evacuation Bulletins, sms messaging, evacuee safety self-check in, route notifications, evacuee centres, deals & discounts being offered, alternate accommodations, donations management, livestock and pet management, volunteer management, first responder needs and requests.

This application WILL become the go to in an emergency evacuation crisis for evacuees and locals wanting to help in any way they can. It will not be tied into any government or red cross system due to liability issues. It is not meant to replace their systems in place, it is only meant to enhance what they do not control.

 

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