January 17, 2013
Governor Bob McDonnell announced Thursday a way for Virginians to become "mobile ready" for disasters.
The Ready Virginia mobile app, developed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, offers a new tool to prepare for disasters and also to stay informed during emergencies.
The free app for iPhone and Android mobile devices provides features, such as:
-Location- specific weather watches and warnings as well as flood information issued by the National Weather Service
-Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
-Maps with open American Red Cross shelters, hurricane evacuation routes, hurricane storm surge zones and stream gauges
-Local emergency manager contact information
"Mobile phones and tablets quickly have become a primary way for people to stay informed during disasters. Last year, social media and web-based information were critical to informing the public and keeping individuals updated with important information during the severe Derecho wind storm and Hurricane Sandy," said Governor McDonnell. "The new Ready Virginia mobile app gives people another way to stay informed and quickly identify services and other valuable resources.”
In addition to the mobile app, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management launched a mobile version of its website at m.vaemergency.gov. The mobile site contains all the information available on VDEM's regular website, but with easier navigation for those who use smart phones and tablets to access websites.
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