Emergency preparedness phone application now available

Becky Campbell • Sep 7, 2018 at 11:22 PM

Six years after introducing a smart phone and tablet app intended to provide Tennesseans with information they need in case of a disaster, the program is getting a reboot.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reintroduced its ReadyTN preparedness application Friday, touting improvements to the app’s coding, design and functionality.

“At all times, but especially in emergency situations, Tennesseans want to take care of their families and those in their communities,” TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said.

“ReadyTN puts contact information for local emergency management agencies and information on what to do before, during and after disasters directly on mobile devices.

“Users have important information such as weather updates, traffic conditions and situation information from TEMA after a disaster. Tennesseans want to be prepared and informed and with ReadyTN, TEMA is providing the tools to help them.”

The ReadyTN app runs on Apple and Android systems, and is available in the App store for Apple products and in the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets. 

What’s New

The updated content areas in the new ReadyTN include:

  • An expanded emergency kit checklist for special populations.
  • More detailed descriptions and information on the major hazards in Tennessee.
  • A regional list of local emergency management agency contacts by county.
  • A newsroom feature on ReadyTN’s home screen so important TEMA news and emergency updates are presented to users immediately at the application’s startup.
  • Immediate visual notification on ReadyTN’s home page as to TEMA’s operational status and whether a state of emergency exists.

ReadyTN users will also receive National Weather Service notifications and alerts, can access traffic updates from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s SmartWay resource, and search for information on American Red Cross shelters that may be open near their locations in emergency situations.

For now, ReadyTN will provide alerts and warnings from the National Weather Service covering the entire state, but TEMA plans future enhancements that will use a mobile device’s location service to more accurately provide weather and alerts.

Other features will also be added in the future, such as notification services and enhancements that may include expanding ReadyTN’s accessibility for special populations of individuals and allowing users to submit information such as storm damage through photos and geo-location data.

Visit TEMA’s website, www.tn.gov/ready-tn.html, for more information on the application’s features as well as a direct link to download it.

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