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updated: 7/11/2013 9:15 PM

New mobile website available in emergencies

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinoisans can now use their smartphones or tablets to get information on emergency preparedness or where to get help in a disaster.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has activated a new mobile version of its Ready Illinois website. The site -- m.ready.illinois.gov -- has information about disasters, hazards and emergency preparedness and recovery.

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Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, said the mobile website will be particularly helpful during disasters. He said it will allow people to get real-time updates about road closures, shelters and other critical information. In addition to general preparedness information, the site includes a "How Do I?" section. It provides quick information on more than 40 topics, including pet emergency preparedness.

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