Posted by: Brooke
At the community forum we shared our solution with the Windward community and told them our problem and our app to fix that problem. We presented our app prototype on a couple of different IPads so people could test it out, with a functioning message and calling system. When we were presenting we took turns sharing different pages of the app and their function. We also shared why each of the pages were important to have. For example, on the escape route page we shared how this is an example escape route during a sample fire disaster and we explained how the red zone meaner you had so escape and the green zone means that you are safe. We showed how the app could lead people to a safe spot where they can stay for a long period of time. We prepared by having an idea how we wanted to demonstrate our app. We had in mind what kinds of things we wanted to share about the app and how we think it is going to help the problem that people aren’t prepared for disasters and that they don’t know what to do when one is coming. We learned that people we talked to think that this will be very helpful for people in and before disasters because it gives them direction of what to do. People found the email feature on the app very cool because it alerts your family members that you are okay during a disaster and it is already typed so all you would have to do is send it. Overall we are very happy with the results and think this app is very helpful.
Posted by: Maya
Our final solution is an app prototype that has the ability to give the users an exact escape route in the case of a disaster getting people to the safest location possible, giving information on how to prepare for certain disasters, and allows you to alert your family members that you are safe.
This week we sent out a survey, in search of receiving data/feedback on our app idea. On this survey we asked three questions. We asked “How likely are you to use an app that gives you an escape route in the case of a disaster?” , “How likely are you to use an app that gives more information on specific disasters?”, and “How likely are you to use an app that alerts your family members that you are safe during a disaster?”. For each of these questions we inserted a linear chat from one to five, one being not likely and five being extremely likely. We sent this survey out to the whole 7th grade.
When looking at the results from our survey, we looked at it as, 4s and 5s meant these people were pretty likely to use our app, 3s meant they may use the app, and 1s and 2s meant that these people would probably not use this app. For the first question, how likely are you to use an app that gives you an escape route in the case of a disaster, 64.3% were 4s and 5s, 28.6% were 3s, and 7.1% were 1s. For the first questions, we decided that most people would probably want to use this app. For our second question, how likely are you to use an app that gives more information on specific disasters, 57.2% were 4s and 5s, 21.4% were 3s, and 21.4% were 1s and 2s. For the for the second question, most people are likely to use the app. For the third question, how likely are you to use an app that alerts your family members that you are safe during a disaster. 78.6% were 4s and 5s, 14.3% were 3s, and 7.1% were 2s. For the third, most people would use this app.
Overall, this survey showed us that most people would use the part of the app that alerts family members during a disaster that you are safe. I think that we could’ve changed our app to make it so there was only the part in the app to alert family members that you are safe to make this even more impactful.
Posted by: Siena
This week we became more familiar with AppShed, met with Jim a few times, and finished brainstorming the content of our app. We have decided to have a Chats, Reference, and Maps page. On the chats page we have decided to make it so the app will have your close friends and family members numbers in it, so when there is a disaster, you can immediately alert them, letting them know that you are okay. The reference page will have a page for fire, floods, and earthquakes, informing the users of the app on how to prepare and what to do in the case of the certain disaster. On the map page, there will be a map with the user’s location. Then, in the case of a fire, for example, it app will have your location, where the fire is, and then the safest shelter or open area to get to, including the best route on how to get there. In the map section there will also be a red, yellow, and green zone, letting you know where it is the most dangerous and safest areas. The shelters that the app will take you to will always be in the green zones, or the safest locations.When we first started creating the app, we had many difficulties. One of them was that we might not finish the app on time. Because of this, we decided to create a prototype of an app instead. This way, we can still create a useful app that will help resolve this major problem of evacuation, which would also take less time so we can actually complete our project. Another problem was that we didn’t know how to properly use appshed, the website that we are using to create our prototype, in order to create an app. We then decided to meet with Jim so he could teach us how to use the website in order to create our prototype. The last difficulty that occurred was that we didn’t know how to properly color code our map so it could show the red, yellow, and green zones. Since we didn’t know how this would be possible, we are were using google maps, we decided to use a picture of the map as an example instead. This way we could still provide the most crucial information for the app users that would still keep them safe. Inserted below is the picture of the map, which we will use for our app.
Posted by: Brooke
This week our group has started to finalize and implement our solution. We have recognized that since the due date of the project is May 11th, we don’t have enough time to create an actual app. Because of this we have decided to make a prototype of the app instead. This week we also met with other teachers and they gave us feedback on our solution. This made us realize that our information needs to be reliable because we don’t want to give people incorrect information. This could result in someone getting hurt or not getting out of the disaster quickly and safely. Another idea is to create a chat on the app that allows people to contact other users of the app in an area close to each other in case of immediate help. Some people might need immediate help because the police department or Fire department might not get there in time. Another reason why using the chat on the app could be helpful would be because other people on the chat might know another spot near them that the firefighters haven’t updated in the app yet. The last idea that they gave us was to create a button in the app, and when it is clicked it messages your family to tell them you are ok. To do this, when you open the app after it downloads it will ask you for some of your family members phone numbers so they will already be accessible when the red button is pressed.
We have now gotten a lot of feedback and have now modified any needed corrections within the app. When you open our Aim For Escape app it will first start by asking you a series of questions. It will ask you your phone number/email, family members numbers, and your current location will automatically pop up on the map. The map will then during a disaster show you which zone you are in. There will be a red zone which means you are in danger and that is where the most affected part of the storm is, there will be an yellow zone which means you are still in a danger zone, and then lastly you there is a green zone which means you are safe from the current disaster. Once you have completed those steps it will take you on a tour of how to use the app. First, there will be a menu bar which will give you the option of what disaster you will chose to escape from.We suggest when you purchase and app you watch the tutorial so when you need to escape in a disaster you can get going to a safe location very quickly. We will provide information on how to escape from floods and fires because we are only doing a prototype. There will be two other options on the menu bar to choose from, the chat and the red button that you can press to contact your family. Our chat will just be simple so it is easy to use when you are in a panic. When the app lets you know that there you is a disaster, it sends you a loud notification to ensure that you know it is coming your way.
Our app will help people navigate their way out of a disaster in the easiest way possible. People usually aren’t prepared for a disaster and they don’t expect one coming so they don’t know what to do in the case of one. Our app will give people a clear sense of direct on where to go for a safe place. When people are panicking about where to go they can find their way back to a safe spot with one click. This will help millions of people worldwide to stay safe.We are going to ask people if they think this app will be beneficial to help escape a disaster. Because we don’t have enough time to create a fully functioning app we are creating a prototype so we can have people using it. Therefore, we are planning to get opinions and constantly add things to our app prototype to make it better. We expect our app to be helpful and make people’s lives safer so they don’t have to worry about escaping from a disaster properly they can just go to the app for instructions and guidance to be safe.
This is an example escape route that our app would look like when trying to escape.
Posted by: Maya
This week our group has made a lot of progress. We have decided that our finalized problem is that many people don’t know how to escape because they are not prepared. We finalized our problem by contacting many sources such as police and fire departments. While contacting these departments, we made sure to ask many questions to help us finalize our problem. We asked them how prepared they thought people were for disaster overall. There immediate response was most people are not prepared. The problem with so many people not being prepared is that they become panicked during a disaster because they have no clue on what to do. We want to be able to fix this problem by possibly helping people be more prepared and less panicked during a disaster. This app will give people a clear sense of direction during the escape process.
Along with solving our problem, we also created a solution. Our solution is to create an app that will show the users during a disaster if they are in a safe area based on their location and where to go if not. At first we were pondering on our solution because of the time limit. Based on our feedback everyone we talked to has loved our idea and thinks it will be so helpful. Therefore, we have decided that the app would be the best solution to go with.This app will also show several routes on how to get to the nearest shelter in the case of either fires or floods and this will help people while planning for the disaster. While, thinking of ideas on how to solve our problem we also researched what other organizations were doing as well. We learned that on the American Red Cross website they have a a page for Disaster Preparedness. On this page the organization gives 3 simple steps on how to create an emergency plan, a template to help plan, and also some tips to help people create their plan in the case of a disaster. The image below is a sketch we created this week on what we were thinking about making our app look like.
Posted by Siena
This week our group has been working on contacting police and fire departments to get information for the best and safest escape routes for research on escape routes, that we will be creating our project one and creating an idea for this project. So far, we have been thinking about creating an app, that will show that best escape route for several disasters. We have realized that for certain disasters, there are different routes and different things to look at. We also became more aware on that fact it depends where you are when escaping, for example if there is only a one main street leading to your home. We also want our app for this project to be connected with police and fire departments because they have the most reliable sources.
Over this week we have contacted the Beverly Hills fire department and the West-Los Angeles police department. We have learned that when escaping from fires, these departments look at wind speed and the direction of it. We have also learned that during a disaster the police department works with managing the traffic and keeping people away from the disaster area while fire departments take care of the disaster. We also got feedback on our idea from the West-Los Angeles police department and they thought it was a great idea because people are always on their phones and in the case of a disaster people will most likely be on their phones to contact people. Also, many people are most likely panicking and not thinking straight so they thought an app may be able to lead them to a safe location.
When asking the officer if he thought people were prepared for disasters he immediately said no. He said people have other concerns and priorities. However, during a disaster people are panicking and when trying to escape they could potentially take a dangerous route to get them hurt. They could get caught in a place where people may not be able to rescue them. During disasters this happens very frequently. We believe that our app will help guide people to a safe destination in the case if a disaster. Our app will be updated to the situation and will be very fast and easy to access. We think that from our research it will help lots of to people stay safe.
Posted by: Brooke
For our CBL project we want to focus mainly on disaster preparedness. We researched that people either don’t have the time or the money to prepare a disaster kit or to make an escape route. We thought that even if a disaster is not to occur is it still a good idea to prepare because you never know when the next disaster will happened. When pondering about how to prepare people for disasters, it was clear to us that people have a hard time escaping to a safe location therefore, we decided to focus on escape routes because that is a common problem that occurs during disaster. People typically don’t have an escape route planned so it would be beneficial if people had and idea of where to escape from their current location.