From now on, the Diia app allows you to find the nearest shelter, view information about it, and plan a route in a few clicks in a few clicks. This way, Ukrainians will be able to quickly find a safe and convenient place during air raids.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, we have adapted to the wartime conditions and launched the most necessary services for Ukrainians almost every week. In particular, eDocument, military bonds, eRestore, Diia.TV and Diia.Radio, etc. In total, more than 30 services are available in the app, and more than 100 services are available on the Diia portal,” said Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology Development, Minister of Digital Transformation.
According to him, each service was a response to the challenges of reality. In the fall, the Ministry of Digital Transformation launched the Map of Resilience Points based on the same principle. Now, shelters have been added so that Ukrainians can find a safe place in a few clicks during an air raid.
What you can see
On the interactive map, you can also view the address, type, rating, photo of the shelter, and access information. You can also find out how many people it can accommodate. In addition, the app allows you to evaluate the condition of the shelter, leave feedback, and report if it is closed. The feedback will be forwarded to local authorities, who will respond and resolve the issue. You can also share the location with your family or friends.
“As of today, almost 84% of the more than 60,000 shelters on the government-controlled territory meet the standards. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, this figure was three times lower,” said Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
However, according to him, the existing number of protective structures is still insufficient. After all, they can only accommodate about half of Ukraine’s population, so work to increase their number is ongoing.
SES experts and police officers conduct monitoring and quarterly inspections to ensure that they always have up-to-date data on the condition of the shelters and, most importantly, their accessibility to the public. In particular, at the end of 2023, the number of shelters that meet all standards increased by almost 2,000.
How to find shelters
To find the nearest shelter in Diia:
- Log in to the app.
- Click on the “Indestructibility” section.
- Select the Shelter category.
- Click the “Filter” button if you want to specify the necessary parameters. For example, when you are looking for a shelter for people with disabilities.
- Select the desired shelter on the map, view information about it, and plot a route.
In Actions, you can also download a map of your region. To do this, go to the Invincibility section and click – Downloaded maps. This will allow you to look for shelters even if you don’t have a connection or the Internet.
“Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the USAID GOVERLA Project has established strong relations with the SES. This made it possible to create the Shelter Map in Action. It contains almost 60 thousand objects all over Ukraine. Thanks to the service, Ukrainians can find out where the nearest shelter is located and how to access it. This could save their lives. This is one of several initiatives of USAID and the GOVERLA Project aimed at supporting Ukraine’s digital transformation to improve the efficiency of public administration and increase public access to electronic public services,” said Gabriel Abraham, USAID GOVERLA Project Manager.
Please note: shelters in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions are not available in the app for security reasons. Their addresses can be found at the local authorities.
The service was developed by the Ministry of Digital Transformation in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Emergency Service, with the support of the USAID GOVERLA Project (in terms of creating an information system for registering shelters), as well as the Swiss-Ukrainian EGAP Program of the Eastern Europe Foundation (to integrate the information system with Diia).