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GOHSEP launches updated app for emergency preparedness

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Severe weather is a year-round threat in Louisiana, so preparedness is key, according to state emergency officials.

"There's a report out there … that said Louisiana is the most disaster-prone state in the nation," said James Waskom, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). "So, that should give you an indication of why you should have a tool of this nature." 

GOHSEP, relaunched its "Get a Game Plan" app to include some new upgrades and new features.

The free app, now available for your mobile device, has everything you need to prepare for an emergency, right in your pocket.

The Emergency Gameplan tab reveals tips and check lists to prepare for any number of severe weather and emergency situations, including compiling emergency kits for your home or work. Other taps link you to law enforcement in cases of suspicious activity.

The newest feature gives families an easy way to check-in as safe. Just a few clicks send out a message through text, email or social media.

"It allows us to get a message quickly back to their loved one to know that they're safe and let them know what's going on," Waskom explained.

The app also includes the state’s 28-page emergency preparedness guide.

Waskom said similar apps in other states have done well to keep people informed and safe.

"It encompasses all hazards and it allows a one-stop shop, if you will, to go get the check list and prepare yourself," Waskom added.

The app is available now.

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