Emergency management agencies utilize mobile apps to keep residents informed

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - With the threat of severe weather, now is the perfect time to get in touch with the people who track the impact of the storms. Several Emergency management agencies in north Alabama have mobile apps to keep their residents informed.

"It's good to have as much quick and accurate information as you can," said Eddie Hicks, the Morgan County EMA Director.

Hicks is in charge of getting that information out fast. He knows means of communication have changed for many people so he and his staff changed too and created a mobile App.

"Our new generation really is what it's helping. That's the way they get information is off of their smart phone," said Hicks.

"It's efficient and it works well," said Operations and Planning Specialist Jacob Crowell. He explained the app is a one stop shop for residents to see what is going on from the EMA's standpoint.

"We like to post a lot of our information that we get weather related to our social media pages, our Twitter and our Facebook," said Crowell. On their posts, you can read where power lines are down, where shelters are up, when schools are impacted and other important information. And you don't have to waste seconds logging in.

"Instead of having to go to our website, they can access it at the time they need it from their cell phone," said Hicks. He said this will be the second year for the app.  It's free for Android and Apple devices.

Madison County EMA, Limestone County EMA, and Marshall County EMA all have an app. Lawrence County EMA is working on one now.