May 22, 2012: An innovative iPhone and Android app that alerts and directs residents in Lee County in the event an emergency evacuation is declared, won the 2012 Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference Public Information award recently for Geocove, Inc., and its client, Lee County.
Karyn Tareen, president and chief executive officer of Geocove, Inc., and Lee County GIS Manager Amy Hoyt were presented with the award before more than 1,300 participants at the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale.
Geocove engineers developed GeoEvac, a mobile device app available for free for iOS and android-based-phones or devices, Tareen explained.
In Lee County, GeoEvac is available in the iTunes App Store or Android Play Market as LeeEvac, which gives citizens and other concerned parties information about hurricane surge evacuation zones, locations of shelters and updates whenever an emergency evacuation within Lee County is declared.
Tareen said Geocove plans to market the GeoEvac app to other counties and cities.
Lee County Emergency Planning Manager Gerald Campbell said LeeEvac was high on his wish list when Geocove began working with the county.
“Amy and Karyn were able to take an emergency management “wish” and turn it into a functioning app using data and technology that was already available to us,” Campbell said.
Awards committee members lauded Geocove’s and Lee County’s innovative public-private partnership.