Worried about traveling? State app can help

The state has created a free mobile app to provide Hoosiers with county travel status updates and alerts to their mobile devices.

In addition to weather, the app will include notifications about flooding, hazardous materials spills and other events that could affect travel.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security County Travel Status Map was the most visited page on IN.gov, generating nearly 5 million unique visitors between Dec. 1, 2013, and March 31, according to a news release.

The Indiana Office of Technology and IDHS collaborated on the project. The app is available to download for iPhone (appsto.re/us/QHVw4.i) in the App Store and Android (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.in.traveladvisory) in the Google Play Store.

Features include the ability for users to set alerts for any county or counties they choose, up to every county in the state. When the travel status in a selected county is changed, the user will receive an alert notification.

Users can receive weather conditions for each county and contact information for county emergency management agencies, which are responsible for the status updates.

Indiana Travel Advisory is part of the IN.gov family of apps. The state has developed 12 mobile apps to help serve residents, including the IN.gov app (Apple and Android), which is a hub to access all of the apps from the state.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.