Originally published Sep 19, 2011
Already hailed as the “must-have-app for all Georgians” by public safety and emergency workers who’ve tested it, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is excited to announce the launch of the groundbreaking Ready Georgia mobile app, available this week for iPhone and Android.
From up-to-the-minute weather and hazard alerts based on a user’s location, to customizable emergency preparedness checklists and geo-location to deliver alerts, create emergency plans and show open shelter locations, the Ready Georgia app is in a class of its own.
To launch the app, DPH Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., will join GEMA Director Charley English to host a live webcast for emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
“Diseases spread fast and the need to reach people in real time with life saving information is more important than ever,” Fitzgerald said. “The Ready Georgia mobile app gives us the ability to instantly deliver potentially life-saving information to almost anyone with a Smartphone.”
Developed in a partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), the app supports Ready Georgia’s mission to encourage residents to prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies in an engaging, interactive format. It combines a variety of features not previously available in one mobile application.
“Preparation is key to surviving disasters, and the Ready Georgia mobile app makes it easier than ever for Georgians to get prepared,” said Charley English, Director of GEMA. “If you’re shopping for emergency supplies, you have a checklist in your pocket. If you see storm clouds, you can check weather alerts. If you need to find a shelter, you can pull up a local map.”
Before an emergency, users will be able to create customizable checklists of emergency supplies, make disaster plans for their families and check flood risk levels and historic tornado data near their location. During an emergency, the app will deliver severe weather and disaster alerts, show the locations of open Red Cross shelters and provide information on what to do during different types of disasters.