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BE READY! Stay informed!
Iron County Emergency Management has a free smart phone app to help you with your preparedness plans and obtain disaster information without calling 911. It will also help you stay informed of local preparedness events. The app compliments the CITIZEN ALERT PROGRAM, but is separate from that system.
To download from either your Android or Apple device, tap one of the icons below. You can also download it manually if you go to your app store (Google Play Store for Android devices and App Store for Apple iOS devices) and in the search box type Iron County. You will see the Iron County Logo with Iron County, UT Community Preparedness. Select that app and download it. You will be asked if you want to download the five preparedness manuals (about 11mb) so download these great resources also! Once downloaded, open the app and begin using it!
You can watch this web page for future information for workshops regarding using this app.
If you have questions or need help, please contact George Colson at (435) 267-1740
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
All apps that have any kind of functionality will have similar types of permissions that you find with the Iron County Community Preparedness Application produced by QuickSeries Publishers.
However, to help put your mind to rest about the permission requests, here are answers to most questions. If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact the Iron County Emergency Management Coordinator, George Colson at (435) 267-1740.
Apple push services are completely anonymous, and on an iPhone the app will not be able to access any AppleID information.
On Android, the permission to use Google Cloud Messaging also gives the app permission to access account information. The setting cannot be changed, but the app does not, and never will, use the permission to access account information.
The app registers itself with GCM or Apple so that the service provider knows which devices have the app installed. When the publisher’s servers push a message, they push it to the service provider, who then has the responsibility of getting it to all phones that have the app registered.
That is how it finds the information on people you want to notify about your status and your out-of-state contact. The app needs to access the user’s contacts to facilitate the process of setting up an out of town contact and add contacts to the Share My Status feature.
If there is not enough room, it will tell you so and ask you if you want to make room for it and it will suggest avenues (deletion of apps, clearing caches, etc.). It will not do any of this automatically. If at some time down the road, the app does an update with your permission it will again read your USB storage to ensure enough space for the update. If there is not enough storage, it will notify you. That is all it can do. It does not read and send any information that is stored on your phone whether on the device or in your USB storage. Your information never leaves your phone.
The application can only connect to wifi sources for which you have permission to connect. Your smart phone has the ability to scan for wifi sources and connect if you have previously established a connection with that source.