The Energy Department has rolled out a mobile application for consumers who need essential information during energy emergency situations.
The Lantern Live app consolidates power disruption information, the location and operational status of gas stations and other critical data from local utilities, open data and through crowd sourcing, the agency said Nov. 17.
The technology is intended to work toward building “more resilient” communities that can “recover more quickly from emergencies,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
“Lantern Live has the potential to be a convenient tool for people during and after severe weather events,” he added.
The agency expects to include social media elements in future iterations of the application, which is currently available for Android mobile users.