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.