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NC Launches New App

Raleigh, NC – On January 17, 2014, a new mobile application was launched to help North Carolinians prepare for everything from minor traffic emergencies to severe storms on a daily basis. The app, ReadyNC, is free and available for iPhones and Android devices.

Ready NC App Screen ShotThe new app provides users with:

  • real-time traffic and weather information
  • critical information on how to be safe during different hazardous events
  • real-time information about opened shelters for evacuees (including addresses, capacity, directions and if the shelter is pet-friendly)
  • real-time updates on flood levels of major nearby creeks and rivers
  • phone numbers and links to all North Carolina power companies to report outages
  • basic instructions on how to develop emergency plans and what to put in your emergency supplies kit
  • real-time information on which counties have issued evacuation orders
  • contact numbers and links to websites for those who need help recovering from a disaster
  • direct links to the ReadyNC.org and NCDPS.gov websites [North Carolina Department of Public Safety] and social media accounts

The information that the ReadyNC app provides users is not new but has been available on the ReadyNC Website since 2006. With the rapid adoption of mobile devices, North Carolina has decided to provide the information in a form convenient to many citizens.

ReadyNC Website

In May 2006, in part due to the awareness caused by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, North Carolina kicked off a public awareness campaign aimed at getting people to take personal responsibility for themselves and their families in emergency situations. The campaign featured a new website – ReadyNC.org – that includes information on how to prepare for any type of emergency as well as information on what type of emergencies occur in North Carolina.

A Local Version of the ReadyNC Website

In August 2011 The N.C. League of Municipalities and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners announced the launch of ReadyNCLocal.org, an emergency management preparedness website. This website is devoted to helping local governments in North Carolina prepare for and recover from disasters of any kind. It was hoped that NCReadyLocal.org would become a “one-stop shop” for information both before and after an emergency occurs.

A Caveat About the ReadyNC App

Be aware that the ReadyNC app does not provide the level of service of existing warning systems. In the Terms of Use of the ReadyNC App, there are the following statements:

  • The application does not replace calling 9-1-1 for emergencies.
  • It should not be used a s a substitute for a weather-alert radio during potentially life-threatening weather conditions, such as tornadoes.
  • NCDPS is not responsible if information that is made available on this app is not accurate, complete or current…

Not withstanding the above caveats, the ReadyNC app provides valuable information in a useful format. What do you think of this app? Would you download the app and use it?