I’m Geoff from Houston Texas and when I saw the hackathon for an Alexa skill that connects people to their environment I thought how Alexa and AWS could have helped and saved lives during hurricane Harvey.
In Houston we struggle with flash floods and most of the US costal regions will begin to see increased flooding due to population growth and extreme weather conditions.
During the hurricane there were some very interesting circumstances for example internet never went down but city websites like the Harris county flood warning system crashed. Twitter was the primary method of sending distress calls, not 911.
What it does
Provides users with warnings based on their location before they leave a location during a severe weather event
How I built it
We built the skill using Alexa, NodeJS, and will use Amazon Machine Learning services.
Challenges I ran into
Collecting data from local municipalities.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Most people think Alexa is a novelty for the lazy but it can be used to save lives
What I learned
NodeJS is great
What's next for Is It Safe?
Incorporate better data feeds and machine learning