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FEMA launches new mobile site

By Ed O'Keefe

Stuck in a flood with good cellphone reception and need to find help?

No, there's not an app for that (yet), but there is a new mobile site from the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

The agency launched m.fema.gov on Wednesday with about a month to go before the hurricane season begins. (Administrator Craig Fugate appears in the obligatory launch video above.)

Kudos to the agency for its simple, easy question-and-answer format that should help users get the answers they most especially need, including "How do I apply for FEMA Aid?" and "What should I do if a hurricane strikes?" and "How can I help others?"

The agency said it will soon open various data feeds to developers who can build related apps for information including the location of disaster recovery centers or information on declared disasters.

And lest you think such sites serve no useful purpose, remember that a new survey finds a growing number of Americans are using the web, apps, social media and blogs to access government information.

Know of other good mobile government sites? (The Eye especially likes m.EPA.gov and m.USPS.com.) Leave links in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 28, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
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