FEMA launches Spanish-language app

The Federal Emergency Management Agency launched its first Spanish-language app on Monday designed to help individuals in the event of a disaster.

The app provides preparedness tips, locations of nearby shelters and information on what to include in an emergency kit.

"You can take the first step to disaster preparedness with just the swipe of your finger," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. "Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have made our lives more convenient - this app empowers us to be prepared. The FEMA app is now available in Spanish. I encourage everyone to download it today to have access to the latest information on steps to take before, during and after a disaster."

Other features of the app include a tool that allows users to set emergency meeting places for themselves and their families and an option for residents to offer volunteer services and donations.

The app provides pre-loaded content to ensure that FEMA information is available anytime regardless of Internet connection. Users can also locate recovery centers that provide individual assistance after a major disaster declaration.

The Spanish-language app is free and available on iPhones and Androids in the iTunes and Google Play stores.