The North Dakota State University’s Extension Service has created an app that will help you survive any winter travel hiccups. It’s called “Winter Survival Kit”, and was envisioned and created after a powerful blizzard ripped through North Dakota last winter. Click past the break for the story behind the app and where to get it.
You can find the app on the Android Market (there’s one for the iPhone but we won’t worry about that now, will we?). A number of the features involved are pinpointing a motorist’s location, calling 911, notifying friends and family, and monitoring how long the gas will hold out. And if you’re someone who needs that one big button they can push, they have that too right on the home screen, nice and big – it reads “I’m Stranded!” I don’t think you’ll miss it.
Below are a few of the app screenshots, and the description from the Market. Visit the Boston Globe’s article on the full background to the application.
The Winter Survival Kit app can be as critical as a physical winter survival kit if you find yourself stuck or stranded in severe winter weather conditions. This app will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
You can use the Winter Survival Kit app to store important phone and policy numbers for insurance or roadside assistance. You also can designate emergency contacts you want to alert when you become stranded.
If you become stranded, the Winter Survival Kit app will help you determine your geographic location and contact emergency services. The app’s “gas calculator” will help you estimate how long you can run your engine on your remaining fuel.
Winter Survival Kit will alert you every 30 minutes to remind you to periodically turn off your engine and to check your exhaust pipe for snow buildup. These alerts are critical in helping you avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Winter Survival Kit also provides NDSU Extension Service information on how to put together a physical winter survival kit and prepare your vehicle for winter driving, and how to stay safe when stranded in a winter storm.