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County of San Diego Unveils Emergency App

The app will send information on wildfires, earthquakes and other emergencies.

An app that delivers official information on emergencies to mobile devices was unveiled Thursday by the county of San Diego.

The SD Emergency application sends information on wildfires, earthquakes and other emergencies to iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets.

"Many people depend on smartphones and tablets to keep them connected to the world, and there's no more critical time to stay connected than during an emergency," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts.

He noted that the typical peak of wildfire season is just beginning. A blaze that began Sunday in rural East County killed an elderly man.

SD Emergency users can access maps, lists of shelters, volunteer opportunities and social media messages from the county and Cal Fire. The app also includes checklists for families to prepare for disasters.

"As government enters the world of apps, I promised during my State of the County address to make this public safety app our priority," Roberts said. "It is a great resource and I urge smartphone users to download SD Emergency today."

The app is available for free download at sdcountyemergency.com, or at the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

-City News Service

Cori Garrod September 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
You can't actually get to the app on your mobile device if you go to the sdcountyemergency.com website using an Android. You need to go to Google Play and go into the second page of results for Apps to actually find it.
Erika Lowery September 28, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I think I am getting the right one - SD Emergency created by COSDCTO...
Mark September 28, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I got the app from the Apple Store directly. Worth having. Just remember during a major emgerency, it will likely be usless because the cell sites will be down, losing power, or overloaded.
trish September 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Does anyone know why this app requires permission to call numbers that may cost us money on our phone bill? That was one of the permissions that must be accepted to download the app on Google play.

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