The free DisasterWatch phone app was released in December 2011 to improve access to disaster information via mobile devices.
The DisasterWatch app contains news and information about disaster events in Australia via direct feeds from credible, authoritative agency sources in the States and Territories and nationally. There are 39 feeds from 22 different organisations on the application.
Refreshing every 15 minutes ensures that information is current. It is important to note that the app itself does not provide direct emergency warnings to users.
The DisasterWatch app helps implement the Council of Australian Governments National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, especially about communicating with and educating people about disaster risks.
DisasterWatch is available from the Android Market and from Apple-iTunes.