Charleston County first in South Carolina to launch emergency app

Charleston County first in South Carolina to launch emergency app

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)

With the start of hurricane season just days away, officials across the state are releasing annual hurricane guides, a how-to on being prepared in the event of a major storm.  In the last year, Charleston County officials have developed a smart phone app to make sure residents never have to leave home without access to emergency information.

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There are a lot of people in Charleston County that have never been through a hurricane before," said Charleston County Emergency Preparedness Director Cathy Haynes.

"Just getting the word out to citizens on the importance of being prepared," she said.

It's called CCEMD, which stands for Charleston County Emergency Management Department..  Haynes said officials worked for nearly six months to develop the free application, which includes information on evacuation zones, shelter locations, closings, as well as real-time emergency updates.

"The government is doing as much as we can, but it really boils down to the individual taking responsibility and being prepared for themselves and their family," she said.

The app, which is available to both Apple and Android users, isn't limited to hurricane season, but is designed to relay information during any emergency situation.

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