Local high school students create, “Rescue Me,” phone-app to assist during natural disasters

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A group of high-school students is receiving congressional recognition after creating a new resource app for natural disasters.

When natural disasters hit the community the biggest obstacle to face is connecting victims to the volunteers. “Rescue Me.” is the new phone application that will possibly provide a solution to this problem.

The creation of this application came about during the annual congressional app challenge. Students in participating districts created original applications for the chance to receive recognition by their member of Congress. “Rescue Me” was the winning app for Louisiana’s third district. It is a database for news, volunteers and even has a donate tab available. Lafayette Parish students were the master-minds behind this development. Deonta Trim breaks down exactly how it works.

“It takes the victims and volunteers and finds a way to put them together. So mostly, it’s a database for information. So, if you’re a victim of a recent natural disaster like a hurricane or something that happened,” said Trim. “What happens is that, you go to the app and put in your information and it can be sent to others. While if you’re a volunteer, you can get that information and get other things about what’s going on so you can figure out how to help the victims,” he added.
 

STEM at CGI is the program that the students worked under to create the application. 

The students behind this creation are now preparing to head to Washington DC where they will present their application in the capital building.

The finished product is expected to be available later this year.

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