ORLANDO Fla. , ( June 1, 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.
“The LeeEvac app represents another technically advanced GIS tool for the residents and visitors of Lee County,” Tareen said. “In addition to providing evacuation information that is accessible and relatable at all times to residents and visitors, notifications will instantly warn affected parties in the event of a disaster,” she said.
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.
Geocove is a GIS technology company that provides assessment, reporting and mapping tools for emergency management, building officials, public health and other government agencies as well as utilities and private industries.
Geocove is an authorized partner of Esri, the world’s leading GIS software provider.
Geocove is a member of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program in the Central Florida Research Park in East Orange County.
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Karyn Tareen, President/CEO, Geocove, Inc., 407-210-3925 ext.1, email@example.com
Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-207-7426 firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc 407-644 4142 email@example.com
Geocove, Inc. provides scalable assessment solutions built using the power of GIS across a multitude of industries. The Geocove team has extensive experience in providing assessment, reporting and mapping tools for emergency management, building officials, public health and other government agencies as well as utilities and other private industries. Geocove, Inc., a privately held corporation located in central Florida, is an authorized partner of Esri, the world’s leading GIS software provider. Please visit www.geocove.com or www.facebook.com/geocove.
About the UCF Business Incubation Program
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