A program developed by the Gadsden-Etowah County EMA has been recognized by the state Emergency Managers Association. The EMA’s “Shelter Etowah” project was recognized with the Large County Mitigation Program Award by the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. The “Shelter Etowah” program is made up of 15 community facilities that are designated as shelters where residents can seek safety in the event of a weather emergency. EMA Director Mike Bryant says that the program is a community effort, led by the EMA. The “Shelter Etowah” project also includes a website and free smartphone apps that were created with the help of JSU’s Emergency Management program. The website and apps allow users to easily find their closest shelter location - find out if they are open or full and lets them know if pets are welcome. The website also includes links to emergency weather information and preparedness information. You can visit the website at www.shelteretowah.com. You can download the free mobile apps by going to your phone’s app store.