County calls new mobile app ‘a must’ in emergencies

Area residents don’t know where they’ll be when the next wildfire or other major emergency hits San Diego County. But this week’s Shockey Fire is the latest reminder that emergencies do happen here.

Starting today, residents can download SD Emergency to their iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet to get emergency information wherever they are. The app is designed to keep residents and their families informed and safe throughout events such as wildfires, damaging earthquakes, or terrorist events.

“Many people depend on smartphones and tablets to keep them connected to the world, and there’s no more critical time to stay connected than during an emergency,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts. “East County residents have already suffered a devastating wildfire this year, and we’re just entering our typical peak fire season. As government enters the world of apps, I promised during my State of the County address to make this public safety app our priority. It is a great resource and I urge smartphone users to download SD Emergency today.”

The free app is available to download via www.sdcountyemergency.com, or in the Apple App Store and Google Play stores.

During a fire or other emergency, app users will be alerted to official county updates, emergency maps, shelter lists and maps, Cal Fire and county social media, and even volunteer opportunities. An automatic notification will alert users of new emergencies and updates.

During an emergency, residents might use the app to see if their neighborhood is affected by road closures or damage. Displaced residents could find their way to the nearest shelter.

Before an emergency, the app is designed to be a handy preparation tool. The “Ready” section of the app features interactive checklists to prepare an emergency kit that will help families survive on their own in a disaster for 72 hours. Likewise, the app makes devising a family disaster plan easy.

The “Ready” side of the app also features information by disaster type, such as “Wildfire,” “Earthquake,” and “Public Health Emergency.”

The app takes advantage of smartphone technology and reaches the growing population who use iPhone and Android devices. During an emergency, the county will also provide updates, maps, and shelters at sdcountyemergency.com.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Sep 27 2012. Filed under Backcountry, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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