The Red Cross has developed several mobile apps which may help when faced with an emergency situation during a monitoring event. These app descriptions and links to their download pages can be found at http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps. The downloads can be done through the Apple Apps Store and Google Play.
Ticks: As the number of ticks continues to climb in Pennsylvania, residents of Pennsylvania can send any ticks they have encountered to a tick lab to have the tick identified and also find out if the tick is infected with Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever for no charge. The lab will identify the tick for more infections for a fee. Fill out a form from the tick lab web site, place the tick in a plastic zip-lock bag and mail it by US mail. The results will come back in a week or so. The Tick Research Lab of Pennsylvania web site is: https://www.ticklab.org.