CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's first smartphone application, aimed at emergency preparedness, should be available for iPhone and Android devices within the next couple of weeks, health officials said.
Terradon Communications is building the app with the help of a $30,000 grant the health department received from the National Library of Medicine, said Krista Farley, director of health promotion and the health department's public information officer.
During a regular meeting of the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health Tuesday, Farley said she is proofing the final version of the app, which she hopes would be available within two weeks.
The app, which will be available for free, will target both the general public and emergency responders.
It will contain emergency contacts, emergency evacuation routes and information about how to get involved with the Capitol Medical Response Corp., a group of medical and non-medical volunteers who help respond during disasters, Farley said.
The grant funding allowed the health department to purchase software that officials there will use to design future apps, Farley said.
Also at the meeting, Anita Ray, the health department's director of environmental health, said that of the 84 restaurants that have been rated as a part of a health-rating pilot program, 46 have received excellent ratings, 31 received good ratings and seven got fair ratings.