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Monday, August 29, 2011

Navy iPhone Application Provides Emergency Response Information

From Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As Hurricane Irene approaches the East Coast, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) reminds Sailors, retirees and their families Aug. 26 about the "Navy Life" iPhone application that provides emergency information regarding hurricane preparedness.

The application, which was developed as part of CNIC's iShore initiative, features interactive program information that can be accessed directly from the initial download from the Apple store to a customer's iPhone or iPod Touch.

"A key feature of the app (application) is that in emergency situations we can push important information directly to Sailors and their families," said Ruel Odom, head, CNIC Fleet and Family Readiness (FFR) Marketing and Multimedia Development Branch. "We hope they find the 'Navy Life' app to be a useful resource for information on the many Fleet and Family Readiness programs and services that are available."

Additional information is provided on the mobile devices when an internet connection is used. Active links will direct users to emergency response information and news feeds for help during emergencies.

"When an emergency strikes, knowing what to do can save time, property and lives. You can learn more about how to prepare and cope with disasters by using the 'Navy Life' mobile application," said Mike Bruner, CNIC Navy Family Emergency Response Program manager. "The 'Navy Life' mobile application has important information on preparing for a disaster, what to do after a disaster occurs, basic emergency kits and important resources available (i.e. Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System and more) for recovery."

The "Navy Life" mobile application, through the strength of social networking, connects members to Facebook pages for the master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON), Navy FFR and more.

In addition to information about CNIC's FFR programs, the mobile application contains information about other important quality of life programs, such as the Navy Exchange, Defense Commissary Agency and other resources for family members.

The app can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/navy-life/id368752284?mt=8.

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