You may not be surprised to hear that more than half of American cell phone users now have smartphones, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
As Americans increasingly rely on their phones to do more than just make phone calls, there is a growing market for applications to enable those mobile lifestyles.
While many apps fall into the entertainment category, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) has just launched a free mobile disaster preparedness app that could protect your home and family.
Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a hurricane, wildfire, severe winter weather, earthquake, or other disaster, the I.I.I.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Know Your PlanÃ¢â‚¬ app for iPhone provides check lists and vital safety tips to help users prepare for catastrophe before disaster strikes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Know Your PlanÃ¢â‚¬ provides consumers with a library of preloaded checklists to learn about important property protection and preparedness steps. Customized lists can also be built from scratch.
Each checklist gives users options to set task completion dates, chart their progress and make additional notes for individual tasks.
One of the cool features of the app is that in the event of a disaster, users will be able to access a geotargeted emergency alert feed guiding them to up-to-the-minute information about local evacuation routes and other details about the disaster.
Also included are resources to help plan for an evacuationÃ¢â‚¬”including one for pets.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Know Your PlanÃ¢â‚¬ is available in iTunes, or by searching Ã¢â‚¬Å“Insurance Information InstituteÃ¢â‚¬ in the App store from any iPhone.
All property mitigation information was developed in partnership with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).