USAGov’s Apps to Download in 2018

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Ordering food, shopping, reviews and buying movie tickets, there’s an app for everything. Did you know the government has apps available that make some tasks easier to handle? Others provide easier ways to contact or get information about certain programs.

Check out USAGov’s apps to download in 2018:

For children:

  • NASA – An app for space enthusiasts. This app is home to all things NASA, including images, videos on-demand, mission information, ISS sighting opportunities, satellite tracking, and more. (iOS)
  • Aesop for Children – This interactive book app is designed for readers of every age. The app contains more than 140 classic fables which remain popular for moral education of children. (iOS)

For families:

  • HUD Resource Locator – This is an easy to use app that helps users discover commonly requested federal housing resources within their community. Get information on many housing HUD programs, directly contact specific resource providers, and more. (iOS, Android)
  • USPS – Access tools on the go with the USPS Mobile® app. Calculate shipping prices, find a Post Office™, look up a ZIP Code™, schedule a next-day pickup, request USPS to hold your mail, and more. (iOS, Android)
  • Safer Ride – the simplest possible way to get home safe and only has three self-explanatory buttons on the Home screen. (IOS, Android)

For emergencies:

  • FEMA app – This app is your one-stop-shop with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters. Get tips on what to do before, during, and after for more 20 types of disasters. Locate shelters and find out where to contact FEMA at disaster recovery centers. (iOS, Android)

For travelers:

  • MyTSA – The MyTSA app provides airline passengers with 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information. Save time and money with helpful tips for preparing for security.  (iOS only)

  • Smart Traveler– The official State Department app for U.S. travelers invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. (iOS, Android)

Kids and Depression

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You know in your heart something’s not right. Your child is withdrawn and just seems so sad. It’s hard to see them in so much pain. 

One in five teens experiences depression. And depressed kids are at a greater risk for substance abuse and suicide attempts.  

This guide from USA.gov helps you recognize and talk to your child about depression, and find the help they need to feel better again.

For Parents, Grandparents, and Teachers

To Share with Your Child

For Younger Kids

For Teens and College Students

If You Think Your Child Might be Suicidal

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for confidential help 24 hours a day.

Learn ways to prevent suicide, signs to watch for, and advice for helping your child heal psychologically following a suicide attempt.

Recognize The Signs of Suicide and Find Help and Hope

You’re invited to read and use our bilingual articles covering trusted, timely, and valuable government information.

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    Every minute counts during a disaster – plan now so you’re prepared. Know the risks about the different disasters and hazards that could affect you and your family where you live, work, and go to school.

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  • USPTO ten million patents campaign logo

    Have you invented something new, useful, and non-obvious, and want to patent it? Patenting an invention can be challenging, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can help.

  • People celebrating with a United States flag and fireworks.

    Follow these tips when using fireworks to ensure you and your family have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

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Five New Year’s Resolutions that USAGov can help you achieve

Date: December 15, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to search for things you can do to improve your finances, health, and new ways to enjoy life to the fullest. If your are still looking for areas or goals to focus on in 2018, take some inspiration from USAGov’s New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Prepare a plan for emergencies. This past year practically all regions of the country experienced some type of an extreme weather emergency. From hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and winter storms, make sure you prepare you and your loved ones are ready in 2018 with an emergency plan from Ready.gov.  
  2. Start and grow your business. Whether you are up and running, or just starting, the government has options available to help you get the work done. Learn about starting a business, selling to the government or filing taxes as a business.
  3. Buy a house. Whether you are looking into buying your first home, or relocating , the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a variety of federal programs that can help you get that new home..
  4. Travel! Finally taking that dream vacation abroad in 2018? Make sure your documents are up to date or get or renew your passport in time. You can also enroll into one of the Trusted Traveler Programs (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST) to get pre-approved by TSA and reduce the wait time at airport security.
  5. Stay on track to your retirement goals. It’s never too late or too early to start planning for retirement. If your resolution is to achieve a secure and comfortable retirement learn more about your Social Security benefits., Open a My Social Security account and see personalized information about your future benefits.

If you still don’t have any resolutions for 2018, USAGov can help. Contact us by phone  toll-free at 1-844-USA-GOV1 (1-844-872-4681), chat, on Facebook or Twitter and we will try to find the official government information or program to help you achieve it.

USAGov wishes you a very happy 2018!