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Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Sees Value in Ready Georgia App

March 3, 2016
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Just as the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) strives to protect the youth entrusted to our care, we want to ensure the well-being of our employees throughout the state. In late 2015, Commissioner Avery D. Niles further committed DJJ to the dual goals of safety and security by requiring that all employees download the Ready Georgia mobile app to their state issued mobile phones and also urging staff to download the app to their personal devices.

With 4,000 employees traveling to DJJ’s 26 secure facilities and 92 community service offices, having real-time, geo-targeted traffic information and emergency weather alerts is critical to keeping them aware of potential hazards such as flash floods, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. By providing features such as a customizable emergency plan and supplies checklist, the Ready Georgia app helps the DJJ team and all Georgians get prepared before disasters strike.

Since the app’s launch in 2011 it has been downloaded to nearly 70,000 iPhones and Android OS smartphones and now more than 1,300 DJJ employees are also taking advantage of the ability to get life-saving alerts and critical preparedness information at their fingertips. Originally developed through a partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Ready Georgia mobile app was enhanced in 2014 through collaboration with the National Weather Service, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Georgia Institute of Technology and The Weather Channel.

At DJJ, we recognize the value of this free life-saving tool and encourage other agencies to include it on state issued mobile devices. It is imperative that state employees take appropriate measures to care for themselves and their families so they can continue to serve the citizens of Georgia in times of state or local emergency. An initiative as simple as downloading the Ready Georgia Mobile App is a step in the right direction.

About the Author

R. Scott Cagle was appointed as Director of Planning & Preparedness for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in September 2015.  Director Cagle provides leadership to DJJ in all phases of disaster (preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation). He serves as the primary point of contact to GEMA/HS and provides timely emergency management information to senior staff. Scott’s overall job is to plan, direct and administer agency-wide Emergency Operation plans and procedures. He is a past board member for Safe Kids of Georgia, Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and a client advocate at Choices Pregnancy Care Center.

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