June 1, 2012 - Just in time for today's official start of hurricane season, the City of Jacksonville announced a new mobile device emergency weather app that can now be downloaded for free. The app is called JaxReady and it gives instant updates on potential storm threats, weather patterns, evacuation information, bridge and road closures, and much more.
“Our goal is to provide up-to-date information regarding all things storm-related – right to users’ finger tips,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “This will help residents who may be affected when power is out and they have no other line of communication but a mobile device like a smartphone or an iPad.”
JaxReady was created by the city’s Information Technologies Division and Emergency Preparedness Division. During production of this app, the city’s ITD staff researched other communities in the state and across the country that had similar app’s. It found that only a small number of cities across the country have such an app, meaning Jacksonville is on the cutting edge of this kind of technology for residents.
“The application serves as a great example of how our city government is working hard in tough times to increase service without increasing costs,” said Mayor Brown.
On the heels of Tropical Storm Beryl, the city is urging all residents to make emergency kits now with items like canned food, can openers, water and blankets. Visit JaxReady.org to find out more about special needs shelter registration and how to create a family plan.