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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said the new "Ready Virginia" mobile app gives people another way to stay informed and quickly identify services and other valuable resources regardless of their location.
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Defense Logistics Agency Energy employees living in Virginia may now take advantage of a mobile application as a new way to prepare for disasters and stay informed during emergencies impacting the state.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the creation of the free “Ready Virginia” app for iPhone™ and Android™ devices designed to provide emergency planning and preparedness guidance Jan. 17.

"Mobile phones and tablets quickly have become a primary way for people to stay informed during disasters,” McDonnell said. “Last year, social media and web-based information were critical to informing the public and keeping individuals updated with important information during the severe derecho wind storm and Hurricane Sandy."

The new Ready Virginia mobile app gives people another way to stay informed and quickly identify services and other valuable resources regardless of their location, he said.

The app will include several features including: location-specific weather watches and warnings as well as flood information issued by the National Weather Service; disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management; maps with open American Red Cross shelters, hurricane evacuation routes, hurricane storm surge zones and stream gauges; a template for creating a customized family emergency plan that can be easily shared; local emergency manager contact information and links to register for local emergency alerts.

In addition to the mobile app, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management launched a mobile version of its website at m.vaemergency.gov. The mobile site contains all the information available on VDEM's regular website, but with easier navigation for those who use smart phones and tablets to access websites.

"This new app is one of the most important ones Virginians can install on their mobile devices,” McDonnell said. “Now our citizens can get 'mobile ready' and ensure that their families are prepared for emergencies and stay informed with official disaster information when an emergency occurs.”