Pinpoint Storm Shelter

Pinpoint Storm Shelter

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MOORE - May 20, 2013 was a test of endurance for Moore firefighter Shonn Neidel.

"Walking through the neighborhoods we realized it's a lot harder than you think to find you know a lid to a shelter in a big area like that," says Neidel.

As the community began to heal Neidel's mind kept going back to a quicker way to reach people who were stuck in storm shelters that day.

"We knew that shelters where at addresses but when everything is leveled and it's look the same it's hard, " says Neidel.  

He says began thinking about how a software similar to Google maps could be used just for first responders even if cell phone service is down to  locate storm shelters.

"We had to come up with a way to accurately pin shelters, get a good database of pins, collect information on those as far as how many people are in them and how many it holds," says Neidel.

And beyond just finding people he wanted a way to address any medical needs on the spot.

So people who register their shelters can also alert first responders to care they may need in advance.

"Certain things that help us decide where we go first, where we focus our attention, where we deploy," says Neidel.

His firefighter buddy T.J. Hayes says the app is genius yet simple to use.

"Instead of just taking little pieces of debris and pulling them off trying to look for where maybe these storm cellars are, we can walk right on top of them and say it's right here," says Hayes.

Neidel is is still fine tuning the Pinpoint Storm Shelter app but says it's already being used in Moore by storm shelter inspectors.

"The inspectors carry an iPad and they go out and actually drop the pin get the coordinates get everything and fill out the information with the person one on one," says Neidel.

And the great thing about the app is that it can be duplicated and used anywhere by firstresponderss.

Neidel says he's already has been getting calls from all over the country from people who are interested in testing it out.

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