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The Ready Virginia mobile app, developed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, allows residents to prepare for disasters and stay informed during emergencies.

The free Ready Virginia app for iPhone and Android mobile devices offers:

• Location-specific weather watches and warnings as well as flood information issued by the National Weather Service

• Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management

• Maps with open American Red Cross shelters, hurricane evacuation routes, hurricane storm surge zones and stream gauges

• A template for creating a customized family emergency plan that can be easily shared

• Local emergency manager contact information

• Links to register for local emergency alerts

It is now available for download in the App Store and Google Play. In addition, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management launched a mobile version of its website at m.vaemergency.gov. The mobile site contains all the information available on VDEM’s regular website, but with easier navigation for those who use smart phones and tablets to access websites.

Ten Republicans file for statewide office

Republicans are facing a crowded field for the position of lieutenant governor this year. Seven candidates have filed to run for lieutenant governor.

Two candidates are seeking the nomination for attorney general but only one, current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, filed to run as a Republican for governor.

Cuccinelli’s other potential opponents for the nomination, most notably Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, backed out of the process after determining that they would be unlikely to defeat him in the party nomination process.

Del. Rob Bell, who represents the Charlottesville area, and Sen. Mark Obenshain, who represents the Harrisonburg area, are seeking the party’s nomination for attorney general.

Northern Virginia candidates for lieutenant governor include Jeannemarie Davis, a former Vienna-area delegate and senator; Fairfax County technology entrepreneur Pete Snyder, who has run campaigns for Republican candidates in Virginia; Prince William County Del. Scott Lingamfelter; and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. The other candidates are E.W. Jackson, a Hampton Roads pastor who ran for U.S. Senate last year; Sen. Steve Martin, who represents the Chesterfield area; and Susan Stimpson, chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.

The Republican nominating convention is scheduled for May 18.

Fairfax Connector launches new express bus routes

The Fairfax Connector bus service launched the first public transit to Tysons from the Burke area on Monday, the first in a series of new express bus routes that will use the 495 Express Lanes. The new buses will provide limited-stop services between the Burke Centre VRE station and Tysons, with circulations serving many major employers in the Tysons area.

On weekday mornings, buses are departing from the Burke Centre VRE station for Tysons from 6:30 to 9 a.m., serving select Fairfax Connector stops before entering the 495 Express Lanes. Buses depart from Tysons for Burke weekday afternoons from 4:15 to 7 p.m. The service will also offer midday buses departing from Tysons at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to meet the commuting needs and schedules of riders. The trip will take about one hour, with one-way fares set at $3.65 if paid by SmarTrip card and $4 if paid in cash.

Additional bus services to Tysons will be launching from Springfield and Lorton in the following months.

Visit www.fairfaxconnector.com for more information about the service.