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ILLINOIS NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2013

IEMA Launches Mobile Ready Illinois Website
Puts Emergency Preparedness Information at Your Fingertips

SPRINGFIELD – Emergency preparedness information is now even easier to find with a new mobile version of the Ready Illinois website launched recently by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).  The mobile site (m.ready.illinois.gov) enables mobile device users to access information about emergency preparedness and recovery, weather and man-made hazards and updates on current disasters automatically through their smartphone or tablet.

“This new mobile site provides much of the same information as our Ready Illinois website in a mobile-friendly format,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “People can now check out how to develop an emergency supply kit or family communications plan when they’re sitting in a waiting room, riding a train or even relaxing at one of the state’s many recreational sites.  And the mobile website will be particularly helpful during disasters by enabling people to get real-time updates about shelters, road closures and other critical information.”

In addition to general preparedness information, the mobile site also includes a “How Do I?” section that provides quick access to  information on more than 40 topics, including preparedness for people with functional needs, pet emergency preparedness, American Sign Language videos on disaster preparedness and more.

The Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov) is the state’s one-stop-shop for emergency preparedness information.  The website averages more than 37,500 visitors each month, although visits spike considerably during disasters as people seek current information.  When historic flooding recently affected nearly half of Illinois this April, more than 80,000 visitors turned to the Ready Illinois website for updates. 

Preparedness and disaster-related information is also available through the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter page (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois), both of which also can be accessed through the mobile website.
 



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