FEMA Launches Spanish-Language App

Image: Destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is seen with this home that was ripped off its foundation and deposited, whole, in a nearby marshy area in Union Beach
File photo of the destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Union Beach, New Jersey, in November 2012. FEMA announced on Monday, August 18, 2014 they have a new Spanish-language app to provide families with safety tips, instructions for shelters and other assistance in Spanish. HANDOUT / Reuters

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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.