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In light of the recent earthquakes that rocked parts of Luzon and Visayas on April 22 and April 23, getting extra prepared is important. Keep in mind that everything we learned from those fire and earthquake drills can save us protect us from harm.

In times like this, communication technologies and mobile applications are also a great help. Below we list a few apps that can help you during an earthquake, typhoon, and other disasters that may happen.

1. Quakefeed

Quakefeed allows us to view details about earthquakes around the world via a map. It lets you set notifications that will alert you whenever you location experiences an earthquake. The app also has a curated feed with list of articles and announcements regarding earthquakes around the world.

Available on Apple App Store

2. The FaultFinder

If you want to get informed about the active faults in the country, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) also has their own app that shows information about the distance between the user’s current location on the map and the nearest active fault. Take note that you’ll need internet connection to access the database of PHIVOLCS and the necessary web services.

Available on Google Play Store.

3. Typhoon Tracker

Typhoon Tracker Typhoon Tracker is an app for determining the typhoons that are currently on Asia Pacific. It provides data about the typhoon that are currently in Asia Pacific. It indicates the exact location, intensity, and a satellite video.

Available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

4. FireChat

Worried about having no signal during disasters? This mobile app is designed to help us communicate when traditional cellular networks go down. FireChat creates a mesh network using Bluetooth and peer-to-peer WiFi. It transmits messages and pictures offline between devices that are located within 200 feet of one another.

Available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

5. PH Weather and Earthquakes

The PH Weather And Earthquakes is a local app that displays weather updates from PAGASA’s (Philippine Atmosphereic Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Project NOAH and earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic activity updates from PHIVOLCS. Other features include monitoring tools like doppler, sensors like stream gauge, rain gauge, tide level and weather station, and hazard maps for floods among others.

Available on Google Play Store.

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