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Gov. Malloy unveils new app to prepare CT residents

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Tropical storm /hurricane season was discussed during a meeting with the governor on Tuesday. (WFSB/Governor's Office) Tropical storm /hurricane season was discussed during a meeting with the governor on Tuesday. (WFSB/Governor's Office)

After a meeting with advisers on Tuesday morning, the governor unveiled a new app that will help Connecticut residents receive alerts and communicate with others during an emergency situation. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy met to discuss the state's plan on how to deal with major storms as as the height of hurricane season approaches at State Emergency Operations Center in Hartford around 11 a.m. 

The governor's office said the CT Prepares app, which can be downloaded on most smartphones, will "provide information and alerts in emergency situation" as well as make materials available for residents to "prepare in advance of an emergency."

The app "incorporates and integrates text messaging, email, and social networking, allowing residents to communicate with family members during an emergency." Users will receive "real-Time notifications including emergency news, state office closings, and public safety messages." 

Malloy "encourages" all residents to download the CT Prepares app. 

“We are constantly planning and constantly preparing to remain one step ahead of potential emergency situations.  This is yet another tool in our goal to be as resilient as we can be as a state. As we have seen in past storms and emergency situations, communication is critical.  The CT Prepares app will no doubt help us in that effort by providing residents with critical information during emergencies," Malloy said in a statement on Tuesday.

The CT Prepares app has the following features: 

  • Send an “I’m Safe” message to contacts via email, text, and social networks
  • View real-time alerts for emergencies, weather and traffic
  • View current and extended National Weather Service forecasts based on current location
  • Access Connecticut Emergency Management Agency news and events
  • View emergency preparation guides for different types of emergencies
  • Locate Connecticut Emergency Management contacts and other useful emergency resources

“With just a keystroke, anyone can download the CT Prepares app to their mobile devices and in a matter of a minute, be better prepared for any disaster or emergency they may face. “And that’s especially important as we approach the height of this year’s hurricane season in Connecticut,” Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro said in a statement on Tuesday.  

For more information on the CT Prepares, click here. 

To download the app from the iTunes store, click here.

To download the app from the Google Play store, click here.

The start of hurricane season starts in June and will go to late October.

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