GRADY COUNTY, GA- We're learning about the award-winning "Ready Georgia Mobile App."
It's an interactive tool that makes it easier for residents to be prepared for emergencies.
Grady County Fire Chief and EMA Director Richard Phillips visited Sunrise to inform people the app is ready to download.
The award-winning Ready Georgia mobile app, created by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), is an interactive tool that makes it easier than ever to be ready for emergencies.
The Ready Georgia app is available for iPhone and Android platforms.
For more information, visit ready.ga.gov.
o Ready Profile emergency planning tool
o Weather and emergency alert notifications
o Live traffic map and list of active traffic incidents
o Map of nearby open Red Cross shelters
o Hurricane evacuation routes map
o Visual and text Ready kit checklists
o Information on what to do before, during and after different types of
o "I Am Safe" one-touch notification to emergency contacts
What's New in this Version:
o Overall redesign of user interface to enhance usability throughout the
o Ability to monitor weather alerts for up to three Georgia counties
o "I Am Safe" functionality which allows users to text emergency
contacts to let them know they are safe following an emergency
o An interactive visual supply checklist that allows users to check off both
essential and suggested items for their Ready kit
o Ability to import emergency contact information from phone address
o Progress tracker for the user's customized emergency plan
o Mapped locations and website links for each county's local
emergency management agency
Development Team & Timeline:
The Ready Georgia app was originally developed in 2011 in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
The app underwent its first major update in 2014 when GEMA, the National Weather Service, Georgia Dept. of Transportation, Georgia Tech and The Weather Channel partnered to significantly expand its capabilities.
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) evaluated the app and provided grant funding for enhancements.
The result is a completely upgraded app released in December 2016.