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Monmouth County sheriff offers free emergency app



FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is the first in New Jersey to offer a free application to supply emergency information when smartphones are powered up.

The app alerts users to evacuation orders, routes and shelter locations during a storm.

The idea grew after Superstorm Sandy, when residents turned to the Internet for help.

Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Mairin Bellack tells the Asbury Park Press the app also connects to the sheriff’s Facebook and Twitter feeds that are used to disseminate emergency information.

The free application is available for iPhones through the iTunes store and Android phones through Google Play.