San Diego's emergency app gets an upgrade

SAN DIEGO - A newly upgraded smartphone app makes preparing for the next wildfire or other major disaster a bit easier.

San Diegans can download or re-install the SD Emergency app, which has information on what to put in an emergency kit, shelter locations and disaster recovery resources. San Diego County officials just launched an update to the app (it was first introduced in 2012).

The update now includes a new map so residents know exactly where a fire is burning.

Holly Crawford of the county's Office of Emergency Services said, "That really tells families how to pick up the pieces in the wake of a disaster, debris removal, how do they rebuild, where do they start."

The new improvements come as California deals with yet another consecutive dry year, only adding to the fire danger across the state.

San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts said the recent fires have played a big role in developing the best way to communicate important information quickly.

"I think the other side of this -- I think we'd evacuate far fewer people in the future than we had to that year because we'd know with a lot more precision, where is the fire and where is it going?" said Roberts.

Upgrades to the app allow users to share their disaster plan so friends and family know what action to take in the event of an emergency.

Feel free to download the app yourself and tell us what you think about it in the comments.

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