The City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Travis County Office of Emergency Management have partnered to create an emergency mobile app to provide resources and information for people in the Central Texas area regarding natural disasters and other emergencies, as well as coronavirus updates. The ‘Ready Central Texas’ app is free to download from the Apple Store and Google Play Store and its use is available on Android and iOS devices.
The app includes a news section, preparedness resources, emergency plan checklist, informational videos, a document library, and Covid-19 resources from Austin, the State of Texas, and the federal government.
“As we conclude National Preparedness Month, we are excited to give the community another tool to raise their emergency preparedness for emergencies that can happen in our community,” said Juan Ortiz, director of the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management. “We hope the public will download the app and take the time to make an emergency preparedness plan for their family or household.”
Residents can also register with ‘Warn Central Texas’ to receive critical local alerts for natural disasters, weather warnings, and evacuation notices by text message, phone call, or email.
“We believe this is another great tool for the public to get information about Covid-19 and other emergencies that can strike in Central Texas,” said Eric Carter, chief emergency manager for the Travis County Office of Emergency Management. “Our goal is to continue to provide multiple avenues for the public to be prepared so when disasters strike they can take immediate action to ensure they and their loved ones are safe.”