By Virginia Department of Emergency Management
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Get everything you need to be prepared for emergencies with the official app of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Find out about disasters in advance with local weather and public health alerts. Learn what to do for each type of emergency situation. Locate hurricane evacuation routes and nearby Red Cross shelters that are open. Preparing for disasters is one of the most important things you can do for the safety of you and your family. The Ready Virginia app provides you with up-to-the-minute information that affects every Virginian.
This is Virginia's official emergency preparedness iOS application, brought to you by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). Its goal is to provide an all-inclusive, singular mobile resource for Virginia residents to access accurate and timely information before and in the event of an emergency. For more information, visit vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia.
-Local weather and public health alerts
-Create and edit your Ready Profile for customized emergency plans
-Maps of nearby American Red Cross shelters
-Checklist of emergency supplies
-Information on what to do during different types of emergencies
-Hurricane evacuation routes
-Disaster history for your location
-This Day in Hazard History trivia
What's New in Version 3.01.13
Minor bug fix
Unfortunately, as much as I would love to use this app, nothing saves. A message appears saying, "saving" and nothing else happens. If you force close the app, nothing is saved. I let it hang for almost ten minutes before force closing it and nothing updated. I'll review again once the most basic thing of being able to update info is fixed. Until then, this app gets 1 star. A lot of potential has been wasted over such a small, unacceptable problem.
Unreadable font choices
Grey text on a white background, and in other cases white on light green makes the alert text almost impossible to read. You need to use higher contrast or heavier fonts to be easy to read.
"I am safe" doesn't work
The app is supposed to allow you to notify friends, family, doctors, and others that you are safe. To use this capability you have to enter their details. Sadly, the app locks up when you try to save the contact info.