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FEMA Launches Spanish-Language App

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a free Spanish-language app on Monday to provide Latino families with information on what to do before, during and after a disaster.

The app, as explained in a Spanish-language video, will include preparedness tips - such as what to include in an emergency supply kit - as well as locations for nearby shelters and how to reach out for assistance after a disaster. The app also helps families develop a meeting place with the option of having a primary location as well as a second location, perhaps in another state.

According to a report from Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project, 78 percent of Spanish-dominant Latinos and 81 percent of foreign-born Hispanics own a cell phone.