Gov. Malloy announces launch of emergency alert mobile app

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the launch of a new emergency preparedness mobile application for Connecticut residents that provides information and alerts in emergency situation, and also helps residents prepare in advance of an emergency.

The "CT Prepares" app, which can be downloaded to most smartphones, incorporates and integrates text messaging, email, and social networking, allowing residents to communicate with family members during an emergency.  Real-Time notifications including emergency news, state office closings, and public safety messages can be sent directly to the device, providing up-to-the-minute information for residents.

"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.  I encourage residents to download this app to their mobile devices," Gov. Malloy said.

"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," Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Commissioner Dora Schriro said.  "And that's especially important as we approach the height of this year's hurricane season in Connecticut."

Other features of the app include:

•   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

The app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Apple Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices by searching the keyword "CT Prepares."

It was developed jointly by DESPP and Connecticut Interactive.

Darien's First Selectman Jayme Stevenson forwarded the announcement that she said would be beneficial to all residents.