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Deal, GEMA premiere upgraded emergency mobile app

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security today introduced an upgraded version of the state’s emergency mobile app, Ready Georgia, which was designed to help Georgians stay safe and informed during emergencies. Upgrading the app was one of the recommendations of the governor’s Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Taskforce.

“When severe weather hit our state this year, I called on our emergency management agency to upgrade the state’s emergency app with shelter information, alternative transportation routes and other emergency-related information,” Deal said. “The Ready Georgia app already served as a good resource for Georgians, but now that its capabilities have been expanded it will keep us better informed when emergency situations arise. I appreciate the cooperative efforts of all involved in this process, and I encourage everyone to download this app in advance of future weather-related emergencies.”

Launching just in time for the start of hurricane season on June 1, the upgraded Ready Georgia app features geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts that will notify users’ phones before disasters strike. The app also includes traffic information, including a live traffic map with incident reports straight from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Finally, an enhanced shelters map displays the location of open Red Cross shelters and approved “good Samaritan” shelters, and provides directions from the users’ current location.

“This was a collaborative process and we’d like to thank all the organizations that partnered with us to provide information and feedback during development,” said GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English. “This app is an important tool in our ability to communicate with Georgians and help them stay informed, and we are really pleased with the new features that we have added as part of this upgrade.”

In addition to the new features, users will still be able to keep checklists of emergency supplies, create customized disaster plans for their families, check flood risk levels and historical tornado data near their location, and find contact information for their local emergency management agencies.

GEMA worked in partnership with the National Weather Service, GDOT, Georgia Tech and The Weather Channel during the app’s development. To download the Ready Georgia mobile app, visit For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit To learn about specific risks in your area, contact your local emergency management agency.

About Ready Georgia

Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive Web site, online community toolkit, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.

“This is the way roads should be built!” Lieutenant Governor Cagle

Winder, Ga. – Today’s Ribbon Cutting Celebration praised the partnership of City of Winder, GP’s Enterprises and Georgia DOT.

Mayor David Maynard hosted the ceremony proudly focusing on the work of previous City Leaders Bob Beck, Mayor Buddy Ouzts and Mayor Chip Thompson. “This project started as a vision almost ten years ago. Today we celebrate the foresight and hard work of those who came before us.  I am especially proud that local businesses were utilized for the project. The contractor is a local business from Auburn, GP’s Enterprises and Foley Products of Winder made the precast concrete panels that are now North Broad Street.”

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle praised the changes to Downtown Winder as featured guest at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. “Today we applaud the use of innovative road building techniques that allowed improvements while minimizing the impacts to Downtown. Because of the concrete panels used, this road is going to last longer than I am going to last. That’s the type of road infrastructure we need to be putting down, the way roads should be built! In addition to that it looks absolutely beautiful and will bring economic development and business transactions to Downtown Winder.”

Representing Barrow County and the 10th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board, Jamie Boswell said “Even through a record breaking cold and wet winter this project is finished more than two months ahead of the contract completion date. That can only be done by a good contractor, G.P.’s Enterprises. Through this project in Winder, we’ve shown the benefits and importance of a partnership mentality as Georgia DOT works together with Local Leaders.”

This 0.72 mile long project awarded to G.P.’s Enterprises of Statham for $4,949,306.21 with a completion date of July 31, 2014. The project will rebuild SR 11/Broad Street from the ground up, creating a stronger driving surface that will last decades. Enhancement work includes new sidewalks, curb and gutter, benches, lighting and landscaping.

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Major Improvements in the Works for Gilmer Airport

ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation is paving the way for major improvements at Gilmer County Airport. Georgia DOT recently issued a notice to Gilmer County to proceed with the first phase of a project to improve the runway safety area with an Airport Aid Program grant amounting to nearly $800,000.

The grant covers work on clearing, grading, removing obstructions, placing embankment, and improving the runway safety area of the Gilmer County Airport.  This is Phase 1 of a 4-phase project to improve the Gilmer County Airport.

“The Georgia DOT and those involved in this project in Gilmer County should be congratulated,” Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston said. “This project and others like it are the cornerstones of success on which this county’s future rests.” Ralston who represents the 7th District, including Gilmer County, has been instrumental in gaining approval for this project and moving it forward.

“It is a great feeling to see this airport improvement project move forward,” Emily Dunn, state Transportation Board member said. “I can’t wait to see what else lies ahead for Gilmer County.” Dunn who represents Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, including Gilmer County, also played a key role in the development and approval of this project.

Funds for this project come from a grant from the Federal Airport Improvement Program (90%) and the Georgia Airport Aid Program (5%); the remaining funds are contributed by Gilmer County.  The Georgia Airport Aid Program (GAAP) is designed to provide financial assistance to communities in accomplishing capital improvement, airfield maintenance, and approach aid projects. Capital improvement projects include new, extension or widening of a runway, taxiway, or aircraft parking apron. Maintenance projects include resurfacing or reconstruction of runways, taxiways, and aprons, repair of lighting systems and approach aids, and sealing of joints and cracks on airfield pavements. Approach aid projects include the purchase and installation of glide slopes, localizers, visual guidance, and automated weather reporting equipment. GAAP is part of the Georgia DOT Aviation programs that are intended to assure a safe, adequate and well maintained system of airports in support of economic development; to promote and encourage the use of aviation facilities and to foster safe operating conditions at these facilities.