DOT, Census Bureau update mobile app offerings


A new emergency response guidebook mobile app the Transportation Department launched Jan. 18 aims to provide emergency responders with easily accessible information to help manage hazardous material incidents.

The app, from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, uses an electronic word search function that makes it easier for firefighters, police and other first responders to locate the information they need. The latest version of the guidebook includes new evacuation tables for large toxic gas spills and standard response procedures for gas and liquid pipeline incidents.

"The first 30 minutes are the most crucial when it comes to responding to a hazmat situation," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in an announcement.

"The new app is both mobile and flexible, and gives first responders the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their communities in an emergency," he added.

Over at the Census Bureau, four new economic indicators are due in the "America's Economy" mobile app by the end of the month, the bureau announced Jan. 22.

The app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators. It includes measures on employment, manufacturing, international trade, retail sales, and residential construction and sales. Users can see the latest changes and trends over time.

The indicators expected soon are: new residential sales for November 2012 (due Jan. 25), manufacturing data for December 2012 (Jan. 28), housing vacancies for the fourth quarter of 2012 (Jan. 29), and construction work done in December 2012 (Feb. 1).

In addition, the Commerce Department plans to release two indicators for the app from the Bureau of Economic Analysis: gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 2012 (due Jan. 30) and personal income and outlays for December 2012 (Jan. 31). The Bureau of Labor Statistics will also release employment data for December 2012 (due Feb. 1).

For more:
- read the Census Bureau announcement
- read the DOT announcement

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