Citizens to the Rescue, a new all-hazard disaster alerting network app for iPhone and Android, allows everyday citizens to mobilize and assemble voluntary emergency response teams in the event of a disaster. The app is available as a free download from the iTunes store and Google Play.
As the only peer-to-peer lifesaving rescue app for fast, reliable emergency rescues during disasters, Citizens to the Rescue allows ordinary citizens, government agencies, and NGOs to streamline and field rescue requests.
Before or after a disaster, a person signs in and identifies their location and emergency. It pins their location and sends out an alert to people within a 100-mile radius who can create emergency rescue parties. Citizens to the Rescue lets responders and the public alike communicate when 911 is down and tracks victim locations better than social media. It can be used for every type of disaster: active shootings, earthquakes, landslides, floods, assaults, and more.
Citizens to the Rescue was created by emergency management professional Larissa Paschyn. As a first responder, Paschyn has served on the Incident Management Assistance Team for FEMA RIX during major disasters including the Butte and Valley Wildfires, Typhoon Soudelor, Tropical Cyclone Amos, Napa Earthquake. In addition, she was a featured speaker at the 2018 Continuity Insights Management Conference.
“Citizens to the Rescue can let everyone person be a hero and save lives when a disaster strikes,” said Paschyn. “It is the only app on the market that presents an alternative public solution when 911 fails and allows regular people to save lives. It also circumnavigates the need for social media posts, some of which may spread misinformation and caused delays and false reports for emergency rescues.”