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Emergency first responders look to Action News for help

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Updated: 6/04/2013 11:56 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- When severe weather strikes, emergency responders do what you do. They turn on Action News and the First Alert Weather Team.

John Ward, deputy director of Clay County's Emergency Management department, told Action News, "You guys are more boots on the ground, more folks out there that's giving us situational awareness."

This hurricane season, even if a storm knocks out Internet, cell towers and power, emergency crews will be able to watch local news broadcast via mobile TV.

Broadcasts on Action News will be available through a special device that connects iPads to a more reliable service during an emergency.

"Essentially, this device will be a set of rabbit ears for an iPad which will be situational awareness if cable or anything like that is lost," said Ward.

Clay County's emergency operation center has never lost Internet during a storm, but this is the first hurricane season that first responders can count on backup coverage from new technology.

Ward said, "It allows us to view on our screens or our televisions as we're flipping through, kind of that situational awareness of what we are actually seeing if we don't have boots on the ground in that particular area."

Even if you can't get the new app available to emergency workers, Action News has you covered. You can download our new First Alert Weather iPad App to watch live reports during severe weather. Just search "First Alert" in the app store.

You can also get breaking news alerts on the go by downloading our iPhone or Android Apps.
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