Williamson County launched a free smartphone app this week to keep people updated about weather emergencies.
Available on Androids and iPhone, the Wilco Ready app includes local updates about weather emergencies such as thunderstorms, tornadoes and wildfires, and advice about how to prepare for them.
It also includes a list of local hospitals, police departments, schools, EMS stations, fire stations and animal shelters.
Wilco Ready also helps people make emergency plans for their families by providing a list of supplies they might need to buy.
It also allows users to report certain types of disaster to officials. “If something happens to your house following an incident or disaster, you can open it up and you can self report damage of your home back to us,” said Jarred Thomas, the director of the county’s emergency management office.
Thomas said Tuesday the new app also gives a user the opportunity to create emergency contact lists so everyone on the list can be notified at once about a person’s status in case of a disaster.
The app cost the county $13,953, said Connie Watson, a county spokeswoman. The county is also paying a yearly maintenance fee of $6,700, she said.
For more information on the app, visit wilco.org.