January 22, 2013 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami’s mobile app now features an expanded menu of emergency preparedness information, putting UM campus building addresses, crime prevention tips, and specific-action guidelines at users’ fingertips.
The app, UMiamiMobile, had previously featured only a listing of important phone numbers.
“With smartphones and other devices like tablets in such extensive use, we wanted to ramp up the amount of emergency information available so that everyone would have something substantial to access,” said Scott Burnotes, director of emergency management. “Now the menu is a ‘one-stop shop’ to get emergency management information of all types.”
Among the expanded emergency menu features, the app offers crime prevention tips; links to important websites; information to assist individuals with disabilities; guidelines for preparing for incidents such as extreme weather, bomb threats, fires, and medical emergencies; and a feature that allows users to obtain the physical address of any building on the Coral Gables, medical, or marine campus. ENN (Emergency Notification Network) alerts are also available through the augmented menu.
While the Office of Emergency Management will continue to produce such information in printed format, “we wanted to make sure that we also provide it in formats being used more and more often,” said Burnotes.
Emergency Management also offers a mobile-friendly website that includes most of the emergency information users will find on the app.
More improvements to UMiamiMobile’s emergency menu feature will be introduced soon. Short videos that demonstrate what actions to take when faced with an emergency are in the planning stages.
Burnotes encourages employees who have not yet downloaded UMiamiMobile to get the app now. In addition to the menu of emergency preparedness features, the app also includes UM news and events, course information, an on-campus dining directory with nutrition information, Hurricane sports schedules and scores, videos, maps, and more.
More than 36,000 downloads of the UMiamiMobile app have been completed since its introduction—32,324 for Apple devices, 4,604 for Android, and about 2,000 on Blackberry and other devices.
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