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New app helps Israelis quickly find bomb shelters

By Mason White 10:31 AM March 5, 2013
New bomb shelter app 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A new app will finally help all Israelis find bomb shelters quickly after a missile alert is heard, according to press reports in Israel.

In the video below you can see the bomb shelter app in action.

By Aryeh Savir

Tazpit News Agency For

Smartphone apps provide a wide range of services, including information and entertainment; In Israel, the apps have another unique life-saving use. Following the recent security-related tension in northern Israel, partially the result of the civil war in Syria, i-Apps, an Israeli smartphone application development company, has updated its “Merkhav Mugan” (residential secure space) app to include all secure shelters throughout all of Israel.

The GPS based app assists a citizen fleeing from rocket fire to locate the closest bomb shelter or secure area, providing the fastest route to it. Updates from the emergency authorities are also provided in real time. The app enables anyone to add information about available shelters which are not yet listed on the app

The app was first launched six months ago and provided service to the residents of southern Israel who were under the threat of rocket fire from Gaza. i-Apps received information from the municipalities on the location of shelters in the north and have updated the info on the existing app.

“This app helps citizens to find safe areas throughout Israel during emergencies”, i-Apps CEO Uri Segal stated. He called on all the municipal authorities to update unknown locations on the app, thus providing a comprehensive and much needed service in a time of crisis. The idea was presented to i-Apps by Segal and Eyal Aprearte, residents of Ashdod, who have learned the necessity of this life saving app first hand.

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