15:07 PM

Harris County Releases Emergency Preparedness App

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management released a free mobile app, ReadyHarris, to help Harris County residents build a personal preparedness plan and stay updated during emergencies.

Just in time for hurricane season, the ReadyHarris app delivers real-time weather alerts, hosts a step-by-step guide to building a personalized disaster plan, offers survival tip sheets, maps evacuation routes and locates emergency services.

Additionally, the app's "Need to Know" section includes quick tips on hurricanes, flooding, tornados, wildfires, winter storms, thunderstorms, functional needs, pet preparedness and more.

The release comes at a time when recent surveys find people depend on their smartphones more than ever for important government information, breaking news and community news.

The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play as ReadyHarris, and is available in English and Spanish. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather and other disasters visit Ready Harris.