UA Safety App Updated
UA’s Office of Emergency Management has made a huge update to their safety app, making it quicker and easier to get information.
By Malia Davis
The University of Alabama’s Office of Emergency Management has released an updated version of their UA Safety app to making it easier for students and employees to get information quickly.
The UA Safety app gives students and employees quick access on information for everyday use as well as information in case of an emergency. The app provides alerts for weather, UA alerts, and easy access to the UA Safety Twitter account.
The recent update to the app has changed its entire look. The update has made the content easier to access and find the resources that viewers may need. It has also incorporated the ability to stream a news information radio channel.
“I think the most exciting feature of the new app is the ability to stream 92.5 FM UA Info Radio,” said Sarah Johnston, manager of the Office of Emergency Management.
Another feature that is being introduced to the app is warning polygon images into the weather alert system. This app has integrated the National Weather Service’s watch and warning alerts for the Tuscaloosa County area.
This feature lets viewers see the proximity of the warning area with their current location. In case of emergency that needs immediate shelter, the app has a list of shelters on campus, how far the shelter is to the viewer’s current location and the approximate time it will take to get there.
“When time is of the essence, this is a valuable resource to have,” Johnston said.
Although this app is helpful for students and employees, it can be helpful for visitors at the university as well. As students and employees, they receive telephone calls, emails and text messages. If visitors download the app, they can also receive these same alerts through the app.
“We have hundreds of thousands of visitors around campus,” Johnston said. “This app can serve as a guide to campus, lets them know what emergency resources are available, has emergency contact information and also lets them get the same UA Alerts that our students and employees receive.”
This app has also been a helpful app for parents of UA students, making it easier to stay informed at the touch of their fingertips.
The app can be installed on both iOS and Android devices in the App Store or Google Play. For more information about the app visit https://ready.ua.edu.