Emergency Management Agency Releases New Mobile App
WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Emergency Management Agency has released a new “McHenry Aware” mobile app to help McHenry County residents become more aware of potential hazards and provide information on how to prepare through all stages of certain disasters.
The app provides users with weather alerts, updates on road conditions throughout the county, and updates during extreme weather situations. It also includes customizable checklists to help make you and your family disaster ready, and the ability to report personal property damage.
“Residents will now have access to the most up-to-date information in times of crisis. Notifications about evacuations, outages, disaster relief and emergency services will be at their fingertips. Self-reporting of damage assessments is now available for the first time ever,” EMA Director David Christensen said.
While not a substitute for your primary means of emergency notification, the new app will serve to provide McHenry County residents with information about the EMA office and the services they provide, as well as the ability to provide users with emergency notifications to their phones. It also will provide more detailed directions to the disaster resources available to them, and enable users to volunteer to help to assist their communities with the push of a button.
“As last year’s historic Fox River flooding proved to us, disaster can happen anytime, anywhere,” McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said. “It’s important not only to have advance notice of severe weather and other emergencies, but also to have a disaster plan in place for you and your family. The McHenry Aware app is a powerful tool to ensure that you’re prepared when disaster strikes.”
The app is available for free download on both the Google Play Store and the App Store today. For more information on the app or to download it by scanning a QR code, visit www.mchenryaware.com.