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  • 4 Ways NIC and Our Partners Are Preparing Citizens for Natural Disasters

    By NIC Inc. |

    Whether it’s floods, tornados, earthquakes, or more common for this time of year, blizzards and severe winter storms – our government partners and the communities they represent are uniquely and unpredictably affected by natural disasters and states of emergency. We have worked with government agencies to prepare for natural disasters and create comprehensive online and mobile solutions to assist citizens in their times of need.

    Take a look, and be sure to share these potentially life-saving solutions available in a state near you: 

    CT Prepares
    In preparation for impending blizzards, hurricanes, and tropical storms, the app CT Prepares was jointly developed by Connecticut Interactive with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Featuring an “I am Safe” option, users can easily notify contacts or social media sites of their safety. A “resources” option provides users with available services nearby, during or after emergencies. CT Prepares also provides, National Weather Service alerts, emergency preparation guidelines, access to press releases, and real-time alerts. 

    NEMA’s site on Nebraska.gov
    The partnership between Nebraska Interactive and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), launched a new website in 2016. NEMA’s new site is now accessible by desktop or mobile with responsive design and is easily updated by NEMA officials to make emergency alerts and notifications, through its customized content management system. Nebraskans can access emergency preparation training and meeting opportunities, preparedness tips, and emergency management-related events through the site’s easy-to-navigate tools. 

    Maryland Prepares
    Maryland’s award-winning official emergency management mobile app, MARYLAND Prepares, launched by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and developed at no charge by NIC Maryland, has been downloaded by thousands of Marylanders to keep informed during an emergency or severe weather. The app displays real-time regional alerts, provides interactive emergency kit checklists, preparation guides, customizable family communication plans, MEME news and events, weather forecasts, provides “I’m Safe” messaging to contacts, monitors cyber threats and suspicious activities, and offers information on local emergency resources.

    Louisiana’s Get a Game Plan Mobile App and OMV Website
    One of the benefits of NIC’s flexible, enterprise model, is the ability to customize products from our library of more than 12,000 digital government services, to address immediate needs when they arise. In August of 2016, the Baton Rouge region was severely impacted by devastating floods. Within the first 48 hours of the request, the Louisiana Interactive team launched a “Contact Us” tool to assist the Office of Motor Vehicles with flood communication. Subsequently a new Get A Game Plan mobile app was developed to allow citizens to check-in “safe” to contacts via email text or social, provide flood-related forms, and ensure data-recovery backup, in the event the primary data center experienced flood-related issues.

     

    Natural disasters can come with little or no warning. Our NIC teams around the country are working with government partners to create user-friendly, mobile solutions to provide relief and information to citizens in need. Together, we are driving government technology to help weather any storm.

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