Cardiff launches new app to keep public safe during major incidents

Cardiff Council has launched a new app to keep residents and tourists in the city safe in the event of a major incident like a fire, flood or act of terrorism.

The council launched the app to coincide with the UEFA Champions League Final, which saw tens of thousands of people visit the city to watch the sporting event.

Once downloaded, the app will send push notifications to a user’s smartphone to warn them about a major incident taking place in the city. It’ll also provide regular updates on the event.

In addition to alerts and updates, the app also provides users with links to maps, guidance and videos that’ll help them stay safe during emergencies and prepare for future incidents.

According to the council, the app means people can quickly avoid the sector of the city where the event is taking place and direct people to the nearest evacuation point.

Called EVAC Cardiff, the app is available on both Android and Apple smartphones. It’s been developed over the past six months by a team of specialists at Cardiff Council.

They’ve also been working with South Wales Police, Wales Extremism & Counter Terrorism Unit, South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, British Transport Police, Cardiff Bus, Arriva trains Wales, Network Rail, Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Cardiff Business Safe.

Gwilym Owen, emergency management officer at the council, said: “We do a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure that Cardiff is fully prepared for any emergency situation and potentially this app is a life-saver.

“It’s highly unlikely that any of us will ever be caught up in a major incident, but if the worst happens, being informed and prepared can significantly reduce the risk of harm to people and property.”