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State upgrades emergency mobile app

POSTED: June 17, 2014 1:04 a.m.

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security on Monday introduced an upgraded version of the state’s emergency mobile app, Ready Georgia.

Upgrading the app, which was designed to help Georgians stay safe and informed during emergencies, was one of the recommendations of the governor’s Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Taskforce.

“When severe weather hit our state this year, I called on our emergency management agency to upgrade the state’s emergency app with shelter information, alternative transportation routes and other emergency-related information,” Deal said. “The Ready Georgia app already served as a good resource for Georgians, but now that its capabilities have been expanded it will keep us better informed when emergency situations arise.”

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Launching just in time for the start of hurricane season on June 1, the upgraded Ready Georgia app features geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts that will notify users’ phones before disasters strike. The app also includes traffic information, including a live traffic map with incident reports straight from the Georgia Department of Transportation. An enhanced shelters map displays the location of open Red Cross shelters and approved “good Samaritan” shelters, and provides directions from the users’ current location.

To download the Ready Georgia mobile app, visit www.ready.ga.gov/mobileapp.


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