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JaxReady app in planning stage of phase two

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Updated: 5/22/2013 3:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City leaders are thinking of ways to make the JaxReady app even better. They're planning on rolling out new features in the coming months.

One of the biggest challenges after any natural disaster is being able to disseminate information as quick as possible. Jacksonville leaders behind the app say, JaxReady, does exactly that.

"With the popularity of apps, the popularity of smart phones, it just makes sense that we can get out messages out to a larger variety in a group," said Alex Pellom, Emergency Preparedness Planner.

JaxReady was introduced right after Tropical Storm Beryl. The app pushes out notifications from severe weather alerts to wildfire dangers.

"Technology is key. We are all so connected that we have to provide information to one another," said Capt. William Estep, Interim Emergency Management Director.

According to Pellom, they're working to add more detailed information, like adding explanations as to why a threat level was elevated.

Estep says JaxReady is a tool that will prove to be critical if Jacksonville is ever in the path of an imminent threat.

"Nothing is absolutely a hundred percent but we're as prepared as we can possibly be for what may come our way," said Estep.

According to Pellom, the next phase of the app will include features like updating evacuation routes.

The app can be downloaded for free on any iPhone or android device.
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