Monday, October 10, 2011

Injury Prevention Goes High Tech

I just read about a cool new app for iPhone and Android phone users that take disaster and emergency preparedness to a new high-tech level. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) launched the Ready Georgia app recently. It’s a free interactive app that provides real-time information emergency information on hazards, weather alerts and disease outbreaks in Georgia. During an emergency, the app will deliver alerts and information on what to do during different types of disasters.

During non-emergency times, the Ready Georgia app helps Georgians plan for a range of emergencies. The app can be used to create personal checklists of emergency supplies, make disaster plans for their families, and check flood-risk levels and historic tornado data for their area. The key is to take action to be prepared for different types of disasters long before they happen.

The Ready Georgia app also has “geo-location” technology to determine the app user’s location, and then show the flow of traffic on evacuation maps and the location of nearby shelters. It also provides the locations of FEMA’s disaster recovery centers.

The key to surviving a major disaster in Georgia may very well be the steps you take to be prepared well in advance. This app seems to be a great tool to help you get prepared and then stay informed when the unthinkable happens.

To download the app or for more information, check out the Ready Georgia website.

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