The app has the blessing from Khara "for its disaster prevention efforts"
Gehirn Inc., the developers of the NERV Disaster Prevention service, announced today that its real-time smartphone application is now available in English. The NERV application not only gives minute-by-minute weather information of people inside Japan but also delivers up-to-date warnings on earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoes, etc., including a countdown for when an earthquake will hit a certain area with a ring on a map that expands from where the earthquake started.
The English version of the app showing an in-progress earthquake warning
In a press release for the English update, Gehirn Inc. explained that "the language barrier [of the Japanese version] is a huge part (and our most recent focus) of disaster information accessibility, and with this update, we hope to address just that." The English translation retains most of the features in the Japanese version of the app, with the "long body forecast text" missing because it can't be "satisfactorily translated in advance."
Flood warning information
The service has previously run advertisements alongside the theatrical run of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time with narration from Koichi Yamadera, the voice of Ryoji Kaji in the Evangelion franchise. We asked Gehirn Inc. about the potential infringement with using the NERV branding from Evangelion, but a representative responded saying that "Gehirn Inc. has full permission to use the NERV branding for its disaster prevention efforts."
The application can be downloaded on both iOS and Android and is a must for anyone living in Japan or people just visiting. This writer uses the application regularly to be prepared when an earthquake hits or watch out for the increasingly wild weather. You can also get up-to-date information on the English Twitter account.
Source: Press Release
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.