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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:35am

State Debuts Upgraded ‘Ready Georgia’ Emergency Mobile App

Looking to keep up to date with severe weather in Georgia? There’s an updated app for that.
Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency unveiled the updated version of Ready Georgia, the state’s emergency mobile app.

Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to help Georgians prepare for emergencies and disasters. Upgrading the campaign’s mobile app was one of the recommendations of the governor’s Severe Weather Taskforce.

Gov. Deal appointed the 33- person task force in February as an effort to avoid a repeat of how poorly prepared the state was for the winter storms. A January snowstorm stranded thousands of motorists on roadways for hours and left some children in the metro Atlanta region at their schools overnight.

“When severe weather hit our state this year, I called on our emergency management agency to upgrade the state’s emergency weather app with shelter information, alternative transportation routes, and other emergency- related information,” said Gov. Deal in a Tuesday press release.

The upgraded Ready Georgia app features geo-targeted severe weather push notifications that will notify users of severe weather or before disaster strikes. The app’s dashboard has a live traffic map. In the event disaster strikes, users can see information about nearby shelters and evacuation routes.

GEMA spokeswoman Lisa Jenuk says the app has been approved to help drivers avoid getting stuck on the roads.

"So there's a new traffic map on the Ready Georgia app that shows real-time traffic conditions, including incidents and traffic related news."

Users can also use the app to get information about traffic incidents on state interstates and updates about road closures and construction.

The app’s “My Plan” feature allows users to create a customized profile with emergency contact information and an emergency communications plan.

The Ready Georgia app is available for both iPhone and Android.