In 2011 the Attorney-General's Department released the free DisasterWatch phone app to improve access to disaster information on a mobile platform during natural disasters. This project received National Emergency Management Program funding for 2011-12.
Technology has grown rapidly in Australia— increasingly people access the internet via mobile devices. Mobile applications can help people access government services and data, creating innovative ways to use information and deliver services to citizens.
The DisasterWatch phone app provides publicly available news and information about disaster events in Australia via direct feeds from a range of authoritative sources in the States and Territories and nationally. The information will be regularly updated.
Please note: this app does not provide direct emergency alert warnings to users.
DisasterWatch is available from the Google Play and from Apple-iTunes (search for DisasterWatch).