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< strong>FIND ME HURRICANE SAFETY APP NOTIFIES LOVED ONES YOU ARE OKAY
Only Smartphone app that works when cell towers are down or power is out

LINCOLN, RI – (June 15, 2015) — While Texas and the Midwest are poised for a serious flood threat from Tropical Storm Bill, Tulsa crisis management consultant Kim Fuller and her Lincoln, Rhode Island Software architect cousin Tammy Fuller recommend that you download one of their family of safety apps which includes Find Me Hurricane to alert loved ones and contacts that you are okay, or in need of assistance following the tropical storm.

The app developers are using this time leading up to landfall to remind people that they need to get their family communication plan in place prior to the threat of a storm. A key part of a Family, company or individual communications plan is the use of technology and the “family” of Find Me apps is a tool that will alert contacts, co-workers, family and friends of yours status following an type of emergency. In this case, Find Me: Hurricane safety app is used for hurricanes/tropical storms.

If the user becomes incapacitated and is in need of assistance, the alerts are sent one hour (or programmed designated time) after an app is activated. The out of area server will hold an email; text, phone call, and Facebook and Twitter post and if the app is not deactivate the alert is then sent to a pre-determined contact list identifying the last known GPS location and their movement following the storm. http://ws.findmetornado.com/AlertTracks.aspx?alertID=12672

The software also and posts it on a GEO RSS data feed on the most popular mapping software including Google maps.
Why you need to download Find ME: Hurricane Safety App today.
4 in 10 individuals don’t have a family communications PLAN when it comes to tornado safety.
While most people text and telephone individuals during an imminent emergency, texting and phone calls aren’t possible if you are trapped or incapacitated.
Many storm shelter registration programs might be technology based databases, however, they don’t actually tell if the person has taken shelter in the tornado shelter. Find Me indicates your last known GPS location whether you are at work, at home or in a movie theatre.

Find Me: Hurricane Safety app has a direct GEO RSS data feed pulling Find Me Activated users and placing them on free mapping software sites such as Google maps. This is one additional tool for first responders and emergency officials can access for free. Contacts are sent the link of the GPS coordinates of the user and it is overlaid with the hurricane’s path. Contacts can determine if individual is in need of assistance.
In the event that assistance is needed, the app has a flashing strobe light and loud beacon siren to help searchers find the users location.

There are many excellent hurricane preparedness apps, but this is the only post-tornado app that allows individuals to give family and friends the peace of mind that when they go into a shelter, that if they are hurt or trapped, someone will come to come find them.

Using true and tried rules of disaster preparedness, co-developers Kim and Tammy have incorporated redundancy into the app so that if cell towers go down, the app will send to an out of area server your last known GPS coordinates, and is sent by three means (phone call, text and email and if the user deactivate/cancel alert prior to the 60 minute countdown, the app will also send the alert. The app require that at least one contact is one individual outside the area code of the user so that there is an out of area contact that isn’t affected by the storm.

Find Me family of Safety Apps including Finde Me Hurricane are available for iPhone and Android and is available through iTunes and Google Play stores for $2.99.

ABOUT FIND ME HURRICANE

Find Me Hurricane is a partnership between Echo Messaging Systems and KF Public Affairs utilizing Echo’s Job (Alert) Notification System TM. They have developed a “family” of safety applications including Find Me: Safety App; Find Me: Hurricane Safety; Find Me: Typhoon Safety.

For more information www.FindMeHurricane; www.FindMeSafety.com and www.FindMeTornado.com. Kim Fuller 918-904-7453. Kfuller924@aol.com

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MAY 20 MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF MOORE OLKA DEVASTATING TORNADO

FIND ME –TORNADO SAFETY APP DEVELOPED FOR “PEACE OF MIND”

TULSA, OKLA. – (May 20, 2014) — May 20 marks the anniversary of the devastating tornadoes in Moore, Okla. In which 25 people perished. Upon hearing news reports that following that deadly tornado, cousins Kim and Tammy Fuller went to work the next day on a tornado safety app that would give family and friends the tools using technology to help give their family peace of mind and a device to locate them or if they need assistance following a tornado.

Tulsa crisis management consultant Kim Fuller and her Lincoln, Rhode Island Software architect cousin Tammy developed Find Me: Tornado Safety app for days just like this when all your relatives and friends are calling you to see if you are okay or if you don’t have the ability to notify anyone.

A key part of a Family, company or individual communications plan is the use of technology and the “family” of Find Me apps is a tool that will alert contacts, co-workers, family and friends of yours status following an type of emergency.

If the user becomes incapacitated and is in need of assistance, the alerts are sent 15 minutes after an app is activated. The out of area server will hold an email; text, phone call, and Facebook and Twitter post and if the app is not deactivate the alert is then sent to a pre-determined contact list identifying the last know GPS location and posts it on a GEO RSS data feed on the most popular mapping software including Google maps.

The app developers have also created a First Responders Portal for first responders to access exclusively.

Find ME: Tornado Safety App

1. This app texts, emails and makes a phone call to your selected contacts 15 minutes after you activate app. If you don’t deactivate the app, a message held in an out of affected area server sends the message of your last known GPS location to contacts. There is also the ability to sync with Facebook, twitter and Instagram for wider distribution.

2. While most people text and telephone individuals during an imminent emergency, texting and phone calls aren’t possible if you are trapped or incapacitated or cell service goes out.

3. Many storm shelter registration programs might be technology based databases, however, they don’t actually tell if the person has taken shelter in the tornado shelter. Find Me indicates your last known GPS location whether you are at work, at home or in a movie theatre.

4. Find Me: Tornado Safety app has a direct GEO RSS data feed pulling Find Me Activated users and placing them on free mapping software sites such as Google maps. This is one additional tool for first responders and emergency officials can access for free. Contacts are sent the link of the GPS coordinates of the user and it is overlaid with the tornado path. Contacts can determine if user is in path of tornado and needs assistance.

5. Find Me: Tornado Safety app has an exclusive First Responders portal for communities who adopt the Find Me app tool, to ascertain if app users are in need of assistance.

6. In the event that assistance is needed, the app automatically turns on flashing strobe light and loud beacon siren to help searchers find the users location.

7. There are many excellent pre-tornado preparedness apps, but this is the only post-tornado app that allows individuals to give family and friends the peace of mind that when they go into a shelter, that if they are hurt or trapped, someone will come to come find them.

Using true and tried rules of disaster preparedness, co-developers Kim and Tammy have incorporated redundancy into the app so that if cell towers go down, the app will send to an out of area server your last known GPS coordinates, and is sent by three means (phone call, text and email and if the user deactivate/cancel alert prior to the 15 minute countdown, the app will also send the alert. The Fuller’s require that at least one contact is one individual outside the area code of the user so that there is an out of area contact that isn’t affected by the storm.

Find ME– Tornado Safety App is available for iPhone and Android and is available through iTunes and Google Play stores for $2.99. Also available is Find Me—Hurricane, Find Me- Typhoon and a general safety app Find Me—Safety.

Find Me–Tornado is a partnership between Echo Messaging Systems and KF Public Affairs utilizing Echo’s Job (Alert) Notification System TM.

Interviews, video and photographs are available upon request. For more information www.FindMeTornado.com . Kim Fuller 918-904-7453. Kfuller924@aol.com.


TORNADO SAFETY APP CAN ALERT FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR HELP, WHEN YOU CANNOT
FIND ME –TORNADO SAFETY APP DEVELOPED FOR “PEACE OF MIND”

TULSA, OKLA. – (April 28, 2014) — National Weather Service officials and local meteorologist let us know as tornadoes were upon many in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, but how does one let your family and friends know how you are when you cannot? If you didn’t hear from family or friends after the tornadoes on Sunday it is a good time for family’s to practice their severe weather family communication plan. And part of that plan should be Find Me: Tornado Safety app. Tulsa crisis management consultant Kim Fuller and her Lincoln, Rhode Island Software architect cousin Tammy developed Find Me: Tornado Safety app for days just like this when all your relatives and friends are calling you to see if you are okay or if you don’t have the ability to notify anyone.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the app developers, and it is a reminder that people need to get their family communication plan in place prior to the threat of a storm.
A key part of a Family, company or individual communications plan is the use of technology and the “family” of Find Me apps is a tool that will alert contacts, co-workers, family and friends of yours status following an type of emergency.
If the user becomes incapacitated and is in need of assistance, the alerts are sent 15 minutes after an app is activated. The out of area server will hold an email; text, phone call, and Facebook and Twitter post and if the app is not deactivate the alert is then sent to a pre-determined contact list identifying the last know GPS location and posts it on a GEO RSS data feed on the most popular mapping software including Google maps. The app developers have also created a First Responders Portal for first responders to access exclusively.
Find ME: Tornado Safety App
1. This app texts, emails and makes a phone call to your selected contacts 15 minutes after you activate app. If you don’t deactivate the app, a message held in an out of affected area server sends the message of your last known GPS location to contacts. There is also the ability to sync with Facebook, twitter and Instagram for wider distribution.
2. While most people text and telephone individuals during an imminent emergency, texting and phone calls aren’t possible if you are trapped or incapacitated or cell service goes out.
3. Many storm shelter registration programs might be technology based databases, however, they don’t actually tell if the person has taken shelter in the tornado shelter. Find Me indicates your last known GPS location whether you are at work, at home or in a movie theatre.
4. Find Me: Tornado Safety app has a direct GEO RSS data feed pulling Find Me Activated users and placing them on free mapping software sites such as Google maps. This is one additional tool for first responders and emergency officials can access for free. Contacts are sent the link of the GPS coordinates of the user and it is overlaid with the tornado path. Contacts can determine if user is in path of tornado and needs assistance.
5. Find Me: Tornado Safety app has an exclusive First Responders portal for communities who adopt the Find Me app tool, to ascertain if app users are in need of assistance.
6. In the event that assistance is needed, the app automatically turns on flashing strobe light and loud beacon siren to help searchers find the users location.
7. There are many excellent pre-tornado preparedness apps, but this is the only post-tornado app that allows individuals to give family and friends the peace of mind that when they go into a shelter, that if they are hurt or trapped, someone will come to come find them.

Using true and tried rules of disaster preparedness, co-developers Kim and Tammy have incorporated redundancy into the app so that if cell towers go down, the app will send to an out of area server your last known GPS coordinates, and is sent by three means (phone call, text and email and if the user deactivate/cancel alert prior to the 15 minute countdown, the app will also send the alert. The Fuller’s require that at least one contact is one individual outside the area code of the user so that there is an out of area contact that isn’t affected by the storm.

Find ME– Tornado Safety App is available for iPhone and Android and is available through iTunes and Google Play stores for $2.99. Also available is Find Me—Hurricane, Find Me- Typhoon and a general safety app Find Me—Safety.

Find Me–Tornado is a partnership between Echo Messaging Systems and KF Public Affairs utilizing Echo’s Job (Alert) Notification System TM.

Interviews, video and photographs are available upon request. For more information www.FindMeTornado.com . Kim Fuller 918-904-7453. Kfuller924@aol.com.


TORNADO SAFETY APP CAN ALERT FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR HELP, WHEN YOU CANNOT
FIND ME –TORNADO SAFETY APP DEVELOPED FOR “PEACE OF MIND”

TULSA, OKLA. – (April 25, 2014) — Oklahoma is under a moderate risk for severe weather this weekend and today is a good day for family’s to practice their severe weather family communication plan. Tulsa crisis management consultant Kim Fuller and her Lincoln, Rhode Island Software architect cousin Tammy developed Find Me: Tornado Safety app for days just like this when all your relatives and friends are calling you to see if you are okay.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the app developers, and it is a reminder that people need to get their family communication plan in place prior to the threat of a storm.
A key part of a Family, company or individual communications plan is the use of technology and the “family” of Find Me apps is a tool that will alert contacts, co-workers, family and friends of yours status following an type of emergency.
If the user becomes incapacitated and is in need of assistance, the alerts are sent 15 minutes after an app is activated. The out of area server will hold an email; text, phone call, and Facebook and Twitter post and if the app is not deactivate the alert is then sent to a pre-determined contact list identifying the last know GPS location and posts it on a GEO RSS data feed on the most popular mapping software including Google maps. The app developers have also created a First Responders Portal for first responders to access exclusively.
Why you need to download Find ME: Tornado Safety App today.
1. 4 in 10 individuals don’t have a family communications PLAN when it comes to tornado safety.
2. While most people text and telephone individuals during an imminent emergency, texting and phone calls aren’t possible if you are trapped or incapacitated.
3. Many storm shelter registration programs might be technology based databases, however, they don’t actually tell if the person has taken shelter in the tornado shelter. Find Me indicates your last known GPS location whether you are at work, at home or in a movie theatre.
4. Find Me: Tornado Safety app has a direct GEO RSS data feed pulling Find Me Activated users and placing them on free mapping software sites such as Google maps. This is one additional tool for first responders and emergency officials can access for free. Contacts are sent the link of the GPS coordinates of the user and it is overlaid with the tornado path. Contacts can determine if user is in path of tornado and needs assistance.
5. Find Me: Tornado Safety app has an exclusive First Responders portal for communities who adopt the Find Me app tool, to ascertain if app users are in need of assistance.
6. In the event that assistance is needed, the app has a flashing strobe light and loud beacon siren to help searchers find the users location.
7. There are many excellent pre-tornado preparedness apps, but this is the only post-tornado app that allows individuals to give family and friends the peace of mind that when they go into a shelter, that if they are hurt or trapped, someone will come to come find them.

Using true and tried rules of disaster preparedness, co-developers Kim and Tammy have incorporated redundancy into the app so that if cell towers go down, the app will send to an out of area server your last known GPS coordinates, and is sent by three means (phone call, text and email and if the user deactivate/cancel alert prior to the 15 minute countdown, the app will also send the alert. The Fuller’s require that at least one contact is one individual outside the area code of the user so that there is an out of area contact that isn’t affected by the storm.

Find ME– Tornado Safety App is available for iPhone and Android and is available through iTunes and Google Play stores for $2.99. Also available is Find Me—Hurricane, Find Me- Typhoon and a general safety app Find Me—Safety.

Find Me–Tornado is a partnership between Echo Messaging Systems and KF Public Affairs utilizing Echo’s Job (Alert) Notification System TM.

Interviews, video and photographs are available upon request. For more information www.FindMeTornado.com . Kim Fuller 918-904-7453. Kfuller924@aol.com.


NEW TECHNOLOGY HELPS FIND VICTIMS OF TORNADOES DURING CRITICAL “FOG” TIME
LOCAL COMPANY FEATURED ON OKLAHOMA TELEVISION ABOUT TORNADO SAFETY APPLICATION

LINCOLN, RI. – (April 23, 2014) — The Midwest of the United States is under a substantial risk for severe weather this weekend, and Lincoln, Rhode Island’s Echo Messaging System created Find Me –Tornado Safety app to help find individuals after a tornado has struck, during that critical period of time known as the “fog of the disaster” time.
There are many apps for disaster preparedness but Find Me – Tornado Safety App is the first disaster app focused on finding people following a tornado. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the app developers as they released the app on April 2, the first significant day of tornado activity was in the Midwest. Fuller and Dean are co-owners of Echo Messaging Systems and along with Fuller’s crisis management cousin Kim Fuller (Tulsa, Ok.) , developed a much needed app that sends alerts to contacts if someone is in need of assistance after a tornado.
Using Echo Messaging System’s “Job Notification Service,” software architect Tammy Fuller (Lincoln, RI) and disaster prevention expert Kim Fuller (Tulsa, Okla.) developed the first consumer smartphone app that provides a user’s contacts with the GPS location once a user has taken shelter during a tornado. The Find Me Alert is issued via text, email, phone message AND will have the ability to share status on Facebook and Twitter. The Find Me Alerts can be sent when a user is incapacitated or cell phone service goes out during a storm. The app can also be monitored by the contact as well as first responders through a popular free, web-based mapping software.
“With a few swipes of a smart phone screen, users can notify contacts of their last known GPS location as well as be monitored on most popular web-based mapping software. The app also has the ability to give users the ability to share their status on Facebook and Twitter,” said Tammy Fuller, chief software architect of Echo Messaging Systems. “Find Me’s GeoRSS live data feed publishes Find Me Alert locations that can be loaded as an overlay in any compatible mapping visualization system, making it ideal for first responders to have real-time verification of locations where people have taken shelter.”
“There are dozens of good disaster preparedness tools that help people prepare for disaster, but Find Me—Tornado Safety app is the first app that helps people be located after a tornado,” said disaster prevention expert Kim Fuller.
If the user becomes incapacitated or cell phone service goes out, and is in need of assistance, the alerts are sent 15 minutes after an app is activated. The out of area server will hold an email; text, phone call, and Facebook and Twitter post and if the app is not deactivate the alert is then sent to a pre-determined contact list identifying the last know GPS location and posts it on a GEO RSS data feed on the most popular mapping software including Google maps. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://rss.findmetornado.com.
Features of Find Me: Tornado Safety App.
• Ability to send an Alert to a contact via text, email AND phone call that user has taken cover during tornado and provide GPS location; especially if the user is incapacitated or cannot send a text.
• Ability for people to share notifications on Facebook and Twitter
• Ability for emergency responders and Alert recipients to see activated Alerts on Find Me’s GeoRss Feed. There is a first responders portal, for their exclusive use.
• Built in Flashlight
• Emergency Siren and Strobe upon activation for responders to hear/see when trying to locate the incapacitated
• Notifications to contacts are delivered when local communication cell towers and other infrastructure are damaged by using servers not in harm’s way.
Find Me– Tornado Safety App is available for iPhone and Android and is available through iTunes and Google Play stores for $2.99. Also available is Find Me—Hurricane, Find Me- Typhoon and a general safety app Find Me—Safety which could be used at large scale events such as the Boston Marathon or large venue concert.
Find Me—family of disaster safety apps, is a partnership between Echo Messaging Systems and KF Public Affairs utilizing Echo’s Job (Alert) Notification System TM.
Stories appeared on KOTV- Tulsa and KJRH Tulsa (Scripps – The List TV). http://www.findmetornado.com/news/.
For more information www.FindMeTornado.com . Tammy Fuller 401 -263-9968, tammy@echomessaging.com or Kim Fuller 918-904-7453, Kfuller924@aol.com.
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FIND ME TORNADO APP IS ON THE LIST TV SHOW in 7 Markets including Tornado Prone Florida, Ohio, Maryland and Oklahoma.

Scripps Howard’s Erin Christy interviews Tulsan Kim Fuller about the Tornado Safety app that she developed with her Software Architect cousin Tammy Fuller, owner of Echo Messaging Systems.


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THERE ARE GOING TO BE MORE NIGHTS LIKE LAST NIGHT—TORNADO SEASON

TULSA, OKLA. – (April 4, 2014) — While Oklahoma was under moderate risk for severe weather this week, Tulsa crisis management consultant Kim Fuller and her Lincoln, Rhode Island Software architect cousin Tammy Fuller presented the idea of their Find Me: Tornado Safety app to the Tulsa 1 Million Cups. 1 Million Cups gives local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and other entrepreneurs.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the app developers, and it is a reminder that people need to get their family communication plan in place prior to the threat of a storm.
A key part of a Family, company or individual communications plan is the use of technology and the “family” of Find Me apps is a tool that will alert contacts, co-workers, family and friends of yours status following an type of emergency. In this case, Find Me: Tornado Safety app is for tornadoes.
If the user becomes incapacitated and is in need of assistance, the alerts are sent 15 minutes after an app is activated. The out of area server will hold an email; text, phone call, and Facebook and Twitter post and if the app is not deactivate the alert is then sent to a pre-determined contact list identifying the last know GPS location and posts it on a GEO RSS data feed on the most popular mapping software including Google maps. Here is a sample of the users overlaid onto storms last night in Oklahoma. There was no tornado in that part of Oklahoma, so therefore there is no tornado path. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://rss.findmetornado.com
Why you need to download Find ME: Tornado Safety App today.
1. 4 in 10 individuals don’t have a family communications PLAN when it comes to tornado safety.
2. While most people text and telephone individuals during an imminent emergency, texting and phone calls aren’t possible if you are trapped or incapacitated.
3. Many storm shelter registration programs might be technology based databases, however, they don’t actually tell if the person has taken shelter in the tornado shelter. Find Me indicates your last known GPS location whether you are at work, at home or in a movie theatre.
4. Find Me: Tornado Safety app has a direct GEO RSS data feed pulling Find Me Activated users and placing them on free mapping software sites such as Google maps. This is one additional tool for first responders and emergency officials can access for free. Contacts are sent the link of the GPS coordinates of the user and it is overlaid with the tornado path. Contacts can determine if user is in path of tornado and needs assistance.
5. In the event that assistance is needed, the app has a flashing strobe light and loud beacon siren to help searchers find the users location.
6. There are many excellent pre-tornado preparedness apps, but this is the only post-tornado app that allows individuals to give family and friends the peace of mind that when they go into a shelter, that if they are hurt or trapped, someone will come to come find them.

Using true and tried rules of disaster preparedness, co-developers Kim and Tammy have incorporated redundancy into the app so that if cell towers go down, the app will send to an out of area server your last known GPS coordinates, and is sent by three means (phone call, text and email and if the user deactivate/cancel alert prior to the 15 minute countdown, the app will also send the alert. The Fuller’s require that at least one contact is one individual outside the area code of the user so that there is an out of area contact that isn’t affected by the storm.

Find ME Tornado Safety App is available for iPhone and Android and is available through iTunes and Google Play stores for $2.99.

Find ME Tornado is a partnership between Echo Messaging Systems and KF Public Affairs utilizing Echo’s Job (Alert) Notification System TM. They have developed a “family” of safety applications including Find Me: Safety App; Find Me: Hurricane Safety; Find Me: Typhoon Safety.

For more information www.FindMeTornado.com . Kim Fuller 9189-904-7453. Kfuller924@aol.com.

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The following is a link to a story that was conducted by Tulsa CBS Affiliate KOTV to demonstrate how the app can be utilized during a tornado watch day. http://www.newson6.com/story/25160259/app-lets-oklahomans-find-you-during-severe-weather

Find Me – Tornado Safety app is featured on KOTV Tulsa on the evening of tornado watch

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Tulsa Woman Creates App To ‘Find You’ During Severe Weather

Posted: Apr 03, 2014 11:21 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 03, 2014 11:21 PM CDT
Tess Maune, News On 6 – email

The app is simple to operate and it’s developed to work off cell servers outside storm ravaged areas. But, it’s main purpose is to reach your loved ones when you have no other way to communicate.

Kim Fuller, former Crisis Management consultant for FEMA with nearly 20 years of experience managing disasters.

The Mulanax family was able to open the cellar door just wide enough to get the word out they were safe. [Ed Zweiacher photo]

TULSA, Oklahoma – Technology is helping map-out potential storm victims before storms even hit. A Tulsa woman and her cousin created the Find Me Tornado Safety app.
The app is simple to operate and it’s developed to work off cell servers outside storm ravaged areas. But, it’s main purpose is to reach your loved ones when you have no other way to communicate.

“What happens in a disaster is everybody is calling and texting you, they’re wearing down the battery of your phone and this gives you the power of the communication,” app co-developer, Kim Fuller said.

Now that spring is in full bloom, that means the skies are alive in Oklahoma.

“It’s scary to think about,” said Marla Mulanax, a tornado survivor, who will be thinking about storm season more than ever this year.

It’s heavy on her mind because it’s been less than a year since her family survived the largest tornado ever recorded in Oklahoma, when it swept through the outskirts of El Reno last May.

“I didn’t really pay attention to the warnings and it was pretty last minute for all of us to get down and get in the shelter,” Mulanax said.

She, her husband and their three young children rode out the storm in a cellar. The twister ripped their rural home to shreds before leaving the family trapped underground for two and half hours, with no cell service.

“I didn’t have butterflies, I was really calm, collect and that was just God putting a shield on me saying, ‘Today is the day and you’re gonna have to keep it together,’” Mulanax said.

Fortunately for the Mulanax’s, they were able to open the cellar door just wide enough to get the word out they were safe.

“I text my in-laws and I threw the phone out of my cellar” said Mulanax.

The message went through and her in-laws were already at the fire department looking to send them help.

Rescuers had to bring in a track hoe to clear the debris that was piled on top of the door. But not all situations turn out that way.

“You could text, unless you’re incapacitated, and if you are under rubble and you are knocked out, you don’t have the ability to text,” said Fuller.

In a storm, cell towers often go down, or get so bogged down with calls that you can’t get through. That’s were Fuller comes in, a former Crisis Management consultant for FEMA with nearly 20 years of experience managing disasters.

“When you see those mudslides in Washington, 200 people were unaccounted for, well it wasn’t because they were in the mud, it was because people just couldn’t reach them,” Fuller said.

So, Fuller and her cousin, Tammy, came up with the idea for the Find Me Tornado Safety App, to give peace of mind during storm season.

“I finally saw how technology could work for something so practical,” said Fuller.

When the storm sirens blow and you head for shelter, you activate the app. It sends out an email, text and phone alert to your contacts, letting them know you’ve taken cover, then locks that location to a map with GPS.

“What’s really key about this is when you activate it, it holds your message for 15 minutes and so if something happens to you or something goes down, it’s in a server outside of this area,” Fuller said. “If you do not deactivate it because you obviously have something wrong with you, it’ll send a message that you’re in trouble and you need help.”

Once the app is on your phone, you can add any contact that you’d like; they don’t necessarily need the app.

Fuller said you want to make sure there’s someone on that list who lives in another area, who wouldn’t with you or part of the storm.

The app was created with a map, accessible to anyone, that would allow emergency responders to see locations of anyone who activated the app and may still be trapped. Fuller said that aspect of the program would greatly benefit emergency responders.

“They can see our data for free by just picking it up on the web page to show that somebody has activated their app and where they are and it will show if they’re a safe room, or if they’re in the bathroom or in a closet,” Fuller said.

It’s software that may have come a little too late for Mulanax and her family, but an app they plan on looking into for this storm season.

“Absolutely, it’s a great idea,” said Mulanax.

It does cost a one-time fee of $2.99, you can learn more here.


FEBRUARY TORNADO OUTBREAK NOT UNCOMMON
FIRST OF ITS KIND PERSONAL LOCATOR APP TO HELP LOCATE VICTIMS AFTER TORNADO
Give Yourself, Family, Friends Peace of Mind

TULSA, Okla. –February 22, 2014 — The severe weather outbreak such as those across 1/3 of the United States on Thursday and Friday are not as uncommon in February as people think.
To give individuals peace of mind, a new disaster preparedness app Find Me- Tornado Safety has been developed as a Personal Emergency Alert app. Find Me—Tornado Safety is the first ever smartphone app that brings together geographic data and disaster preparedness to locate users following a tornado, whether it is just to notify a number of contacts at one time or to alert local officials that you are in need of assistance under rubble.
Using Echo Messaging System’s “Job Notification Service,” software architect Tammy Fuller (Lincoln, RI) and disaster prevention expert Kim Fuller (Tulsa, Okla.) developed the first consumer smartphone app that provides a user’s contacts with the GPS location once a user has taken shelter during a tornado. The Find Me Alert is issued via text, email, phone message AND will have the ability to share status on Facebook and Twitter. The Find Me Alerts can be monitored by the contact as well as first responders through a popular free, web-based mapping software.
“There are dozens of good disaster preparedness tools that help people prepare for disaster, but Find Me—Tornado Safety app is the first app that helps people be located after a tornado,” said disaster prevention expert Kim Fuller. “People are already on their phones posting Instagram and Twitter, so we thought that we’d provide a tool that would give ‘followers’ of the user peace-of-mind so that they know that their loved one has taken cover and where they have taken cover. The app also gives the user the peace of mind to take cover and know they will be found.”
The $2.99 app is available on iTunes, Google Play and www.FindMeTornado.com. It’s easy to use. Within a few minutes, users can set up the app in advance with contacts (including at least one outside of the geographic area to serve as a family’s out of state contact as recommended by the American Red Cross Family Communication Plan).
With a few strokes on a smartphone screen, users download the app, register their account, input their contacts, and already have their communications plan in place for an emergency, so all they have to do is initiate the app during an emergency. The Find Me app will help phone lines from getting jammed by family members calling and texting each person in the family to find out if the family member is okay.
Along with her cousin Tammy Fuller, a software architect, former FEMA official under James Lee Witt, Kim Fuller, came up with the concept for the app following the May Oklahoma tornadoes in which 50 people were killed, over 500 injured, and over 100 rescued from the rubble. Media reports stated that many people did not immediately go to a safe place because they either didn’t know where to go or they feared nobody would find them in the rubble.
“With a few swipes of a smart phone screen, users can notify contacts of their last known GPS location as well as be monitored on most popular web-based mapping software. They can even share their status on Facebook and Twitter,” said Tammy Fuller, chief software architect of Echo Messaging Systems. “Find Me’s GeoRSS live data feed publishes live Find Me Alert locations that can be loaded as an overlay in any compatible mapping visualization system, making it ideal for first responders to have real-time verification of locations where people have taken shelter.”
Features include:
• Ability to Alert a contact list via text, email AND phone call that user has taken cover during tornado and provide GPS location.
• Ability for people to share notifications on Facebook and Twitter
• Ability for emergency responders and Alert recipients to see activated Alerts on Find Me’s GeoRss Feed at http://rss.findmetornado.com
• Flashlight
• Emergency Siren and Strobe upon activation for responders to hear/see when trying to locate the incapacitated
• Notifications to contacts are delivered when local communication cell towers and other infrastructure are damaged by using servers not in harm’s way.

Contact: Kim Fuller Telephone: (918) 904-7453
or kimfuller924@gmail.com
Skype: kimfullertulsa
Twitter :@FindMeTornado ;
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FindMeTornado

About FIND ME TORNADO SAFETY
Find Me—Tornado Safety is a public education effort about tornado safety. Founded by cousins Kim Fuller and Tammy Fuller, the disaster prevention public affairs professional and the software architect, teamed up to develop a tornado safety app to give people the peace of mind of taking shelter during a tornado. Find Me also has general safety app www.findmesafety.com; hurricane www.findmehurricane.com; and typhoon www.findmetyphoon.com.. Please visit www.FindMeTornado.com; and Facebook/FindMeTornado and @FINDMETORNADO on Twitter.
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September 10, 2013

A Tornado just hit and what do you do?.


FIRST OF ITS KIND DISASTER APP TO HELP LOCATE VICTIMS AFTER TORNADO
Released During National Preparedness Month to Raise Awareness

TULSA, Okla. –September 11, 2013 — According to a 2013 national survey conducted by the Ad Council, 60% of Americans say they currently do not have a family emergency plan in case of a natural disaster or other emergency. A new disaster preparedness app Find Me- Tornado Safety has been developed as a Personal Emergency Alert app. Find Me—Tornado Safety is the first ever smartphone app that brings together geographic data and disaster preparedness to locate users following a tornado.

Using Echo Messaging System’s “Job Notification Service,” software architect Tammy Fuller and disaster prevention expert Kim Fuller developed the first consumer smartphone app that provides a user’s contacts with the GPS location once a user has taken shelter during a tornado. The Find Me Alert is issued via text, email, phone message AND as a share on Facebook and Twitter. The Find Me Alerts can be monitored by the contact as well as first responders through most popular web-based mapping software.

Releasing this tool during FEMA’s National Preparedness Month provides families and corporations with an additional tool to help them create an emergency communications plan when much focus is put on personal preparedness.

“There are dozens of good disaster preparedness tools that help people prepare for disaster, but Find Me—Tornado Safety app is the first app that helps people be located after a tornado,” said disaster prevention expert Kim Fuller. “People are already on their phones posting Instagram and Twitter, so we thought that we’d provide a tool that would give ‘followers’ of the user peace-of-mind so that they know that their loved one has taken cover and where they have taken cover. The app also gives the user the peace of mind to take cover and know they will be found.”

The $2.99 app is available starting September 11, 2013 on iTunes (pending approval), Google Play and www.FindMeTornado.com. It’s easy to use. Within a few minutes, users can set up the app in advance with contacts (including at least one outside of the geographic area to serve as a family’s out of state contact as recommended by the American Red Cross Family Communication Plan).

With a few strokes on a smartphone screen, users download the app, register their account, input their contacts, and already have their communications plan in place for an emergency, so all they have to do is initiate the app during an emergency. The Find Me app will help phone lines from getting jammed by family members calling and texting each person in the family to find out if the family member is okay.

Along with her cousin Tammy Fuller, a software architect, former FEMA official under James Lee Witt, Kim Fuller, came up with the concept for the app following the May Oklahoma tornadoes in which 50 people were killed, over 500 injured, and over 100 rescued from the rubble. Media reports stated that many people did not immediately go to a safe place because they either didn’t know where to go or they feared nobody would find them in the rubble.

“With a few swipes of a smart phone screen, users can notify contacts of their last known GPS location as well as be monitored on most popular web-based mapping software. They can even share their status on Facebook and Twitter,” said Tammy Fuller, chief software architect of Echo Messaging Systems. Find Me’s GeoRSS live data feed publishes live Find Me Alert locations that can be loaded as an overlay in any compatible mapping visualization system, making it ideal for first responders to have real-time verification of locations where people have taken shelter.”

Features include:
• Ability to Alert a contact list via text, email AND phone call that user has taken cover during tornado and provide GPS location.
• Ability for people to share notifications on Facebook and Twitter
• Ability for emergency responders and Alert recipients to see activated Alerts on Find Me’s GeoRss Feed at http://rss.findmetornado.com
• Flashlight
• Emergency Siren and Strobe upon activation for responders to hear/see if individual is incapacitated
• Notifications to contacts are delivered when local communication cell towers and other infrastructure are damaged by using servers not in harm’s way.

Find Me –Tornado Safety App is the first of a series of disaster preparedness applications which will be developed. A National Test of the Find Me application will take place with all users on September 30, 2013, to test the capacity of the app and upon conclusion of that test, Find Me – Hurricane Safety app will be released in time for the first major hurricane of the 2013 Hurricane season. To complete the next phase of Find Me apps, there is an IndieGoGo crowdsourcing campaign at http://igg.me/at/findmetornado/x/99020.

Contact: Kim Fuller Telephone: (918) 904-7453
or kimfuller924@gmail.com and kim@FindMeTornado.com;
Twitter :@FindMeTornado ;
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FindMeTornado
IndieGoGo: http://igg.me/at/findmetornado/x/99020
About FIND ME TORNADO SAFETY

Find Me—Tornado Safety is a public education effort about tornado safety. Founded by cousins Kim Fuller and Tammy Fuller, the disaster prevention public affairs professional and the software architect, teamed up to develop a tornado safety app to give people the peace of mind of taking shelter during a tornado. Find Me will expand beyond the tornado safety app into hurricane, power outages and severe winter weather type incidents. Please visit www.FindMeTornado.com; and Facebook/FindMeTornado and @FINDMETORNADO on Twitter.

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