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Published November 29, 2011, 10:22 PM

NDSU Extension Service unveils Winter Weather App

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not here yet, but it's coming soon.... winter. Are you prepared? NDSU's Extension Service has come out with another smart phone app to help you when Mother Nature is at her worst.

It's not here yet, but it's coming soon.... winter. Are you prepared? NDSU's Extension Service has come out with another smart phone app to help you when Mother Nature is at her worst.

It was barely even coat weather today until a few hours ago, but we all know what's coming. This new smart-phone application is designed to help stranded motorists when they need it the most. It's free, and it might just save your life.

Bob Bertsch – NDSU Agricultural Communication: “The old cliche, if even one person benefits from this, if they actually use the app to survive a winter storm situation.”

It's called the Winter Survival Kit, but it's not like the one you store in the trunk of your car. It's a smart-phone application, one that guides you when the unthinkable happens in the most dangerous of situations, like last year's I-94 100-car pile-up.

Bob Bertsch: “It's likely that this might be the first or only time that you're ever stuck in a winter storm in your car, so the app is designed to take some of the thinking out of it for you.”

First and foremost, the app provides you with your current GPS location to relay to emergency officials, which can be contacted with the press of a button.

Bob Bertsch: “Asks you for emergency policy numbers, insurance, Triple-A, etc”

It allows you to store a contact list. The application will advise you how many hours of fuel you have left, and alerts you when you should turn your car off to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Greta Myers – Georgetown, MN: “If it's something free that could enhance what's already available on the phone, of course, I would definitely look into it.”

Dale Lammi - Moorhead: “I think it would maybe save lives, which would be a very good thing.”

The application was a month behind schedule, but thankfully, so is the weather.

Bob Bertsch: “The best thing to do is to download it now so it's there for you on your phone if you do get in that situation.”

The application cost roughly $10,000, but once again, it's free and available on both the iPhone and Android systems.

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