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      McDonnell Announces New 'Ready Virginia' Phone App

      Richmond, VA - Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a new phone app that can help Virginians be ready for natural disasters and emergencies.

      The "Ready Virginia" app will help people prepare and also stay informed during emergencies.

      The app is free for iPhones and Androids, and will provide the following features:

      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

      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. 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.

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