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Air Force "Be Ready" App Useful in Emergencies

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As a part of the "Be Ready" campaign by Air Force Emergency Management, civil engineers on Tyndall Air Force Base have created an app to help people prepare for the worst.

Florida deals with natural disaster all the time and right here in Bay county we deal with wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, but now the Air Force has developed an app for that.

"There's an app for that," said Samuel Hazzard.

Hazzard is one of the developers behind the be ready application for android. The tool was created by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, or AFCEC,  on Tyndall Air Force Base to help people deal when disaster strikes.

"How you prepare for it and get information on it, before, during, and after the events," said Hazzard. "From that we said it'd be great to have that in an app. In a handy dandy in your pocket type of thing."

The application was released in November to the public and already has more than 1000 downloads.

"I was one of the lucky ones that got chosen to do beta testing for the app," said Staff Sergeant Jessica Clayton. "I got to play with it before it actually came out and offer some suggestions for improvement."

But other than some grammar fixes, Clayton didn't have many suggestions and says the app sells itself. 

"How do you not sell it," said Clayton. "Use it, actually using it and getting your hands on with it. I mean it's so easy to use."

Not only that, but Clayton says it's perfect for families in the military that constantly move to different locations.

"If you aren't familiar with the area you go to, volcanoes for example, they don't happen every where," said Clayton. "So, you can go to this app you can look up the volcanoes, you know all the information you need on volcanoes."

"So not only does it come with some preprogrammed information, your big web sites FEMA and etc, but you can also go in there and put your unique specific information and feel that it's safe guarded as well," said Hazzard.

Right now the app is only available for Android users, but coming up in the summer the Air Force hopes to make it available for Apple products.