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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.


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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Federal and State Emergency Management Offices, Non-profits

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