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Prepare for Emergencies With the New Ready Georgia Mobile App

December 8, 2016

It’s vital to prepare for emergencies. Without the latest information, preparation is difficult and knowing how to respond is nearly impossible.

That’s why the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) has updated and relaunched the agency’s Ready Georgia mobile app. Download or update the app today so you and your loved ones know how to safely respond when disaster strikes.

We’ve enhanced the application’s core capabilities with new information and increased functionality thanks to a grant from the Centers for Disease Control. Updates include the Ready Profile emergency planning tool, a live traffic map with shelter locations and evacuation routes and information on specific threat types. Most importantly, the app’s Alerts function now notifies users of potentially hazardous weather conditions for 1 selected Georgia county and monitors alerts for 2 additional counties.

Graphical representation of the mobile app.

Additional features include:

  • Integration between the app and phone’s contact list to quickly add emergency contacts and family members to the communications plan.
  • A new “I Am Safe” button to notify loved ones after an emergency.
  • Visual and text checklists to help users keep track of emergency supplies such a first aid kit, water etc.

Every year GEMA/HS surveys Georgia residents to gauge individual readiness for disasters. We’ve consistently found that only 1 in 4 Georgians are fully prepared. By simply downloading the Ready Georgia mobile app, users will have access to weather alerts, emergency plans and “I Am Safe” notification capabilities. We hope the updated app will greatly improve Georgians’ preparedness before a disaster and ensure their safety when one occurs. Available for both iOS and Android devices, I encourage everyone with a smartphone to download and use it.

About the Author

Homer Bryson, Director of Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, serves as the Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor and coordinates the state's natural disaster and terror attack preparation, response and recovery.

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