Ready Georgia app upgraded to help during severe weather

Upgrades to Georgia’s emergency mobile app come just in time for hurricane season, officials said Monday.

The upgrade to the Ready Georgia app fulfills a recommendation of the governor’s Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Taskforce, which was created after thousands of people were stranded in the snow during severe weather in January.

“When severe weather hit our state this year, I called on our emergency management agency to upgrade the state’s emergency app with shelter information, alternative transportation routes and other emergency-related information,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in announcing the upgrade. “The Ready Georgia app already served as a good resource for Georgians, but now that its capabilities have been expanded it will keep us better informed when emergency situations arise. I appreciate the cooperative efforts of all involved in this process, and I encourage everyone to download this app in advance of future weather-related emergencies.”

Georgia Emergency Management officials said the app comes at a good time, as hurricane season starts in June.

The app includes geo-targeted severe weather alerts, as well as traffic information with incident reports from the Georgia Department of Transportation, a map of Red Cross and other shelters, as well as directions.

“This was a collaborative process and we’d like to thank all the organizations that partnered with us to provide information and feedback during development,” said GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English. “This app is an important tool in our ability to communicate with Georgians and help them stay informed, and we are really pleased with the new features that we have added as part of this upgrade.”

A press release said the application’s previous features remain, including checklists of emergency supplies, customized disaster plans for families, flood risk levels and historical tornado data and contact information for local emergency management agencies.

The National Weather Service, GDOT, Georgia Tech and The Weather Channel played roles in the app’s development, the release noted.

To download the Ready Georgia mobile app, visit www.ready.ga.gov/mobileapp.