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Inventory Apps for Disaster Recovery

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streamlining post-disaster recovery by helping citizens and businesses prepare with potential claims and other needs.


Cities can help streamline post-disaster response by helping citizens and businesses prepare inventories and other information needed for speedy insurance claims. This frees resources for addressing cases with health and safety implications. By using software and apps, information is stored in the cloud and can be used for other businesses purposes (e.g., taxes and accounting).


Inventory apps help business owners, homeowners and renters catalog possessions to speed recovery and insurance post-disaster or post-break in. Cities can include these apps as part of disaster planning for:

Faster recovery & processing: For both homeowner/renters and the city, the ability to quickly and efficiently file insurance and other claims reduces the overall burden. Emergency responders can turn attention to cases with greater health & legal needs.

Records in the cloud: While written records may be destroyed, app-based inventory is stored in the cloud. Apps also use smart phone cameras that automatically record a visual record as well as bar code, model/make/registration numbers, warranties & phone numbers.

Spillover benefits: Homeowners/renters have records for non-emergency needs and record-keeping. Businesses can use to track inventory, depreciation and taxes.

Tips & Techniques

  • Mobile apps: There are any number of public and non-profit developed apps to help homeowners.  Home insurance companies also provide app-based programs to help their policy-holders.
  • Multi-use records: In addition to insurance claims, app-based inventories can help small businesses with tax and record-keeping to speed local, state and federal tax collection.
  • Written checklists: For homeowners/renters, many app providers also provide checklists in written formats that can be uploaded as pdfs.
  • Hot Buttons: Any new inventory can be complex and time consuming, electricity and broadband availability post-disaster.

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