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New Emergency App in Carroll County

Don Rush

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County officials have introduced a mobile app that sends emergency alerts to residents.

Carroll Emergency Management assistant coordinator Valerie Hawkins tells the Carroll County Times  that the app, known as Prepare Me Carroll, is meant to inform residents of events like flash floods, road closures and power outages in an easy and timely manner. It sends push notifications to users to issue safety reminders when hazardous weather is imminent.

In addition to emergency alerts, the app has other features, such as an interactive emergency kit checklist and a link to the National Weather Service forecast.

The app is free of charge thanks to funding from a Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative grant. It can be downloaded in both the Apple and Android app stores.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.