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Connecticut has not faced a natural disaster this year, but “now is not the time to be complacent,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday.

Since 2011, Connecticut has had six presidential natural disaster declarations for blizzards, hurricanes and tropical storms.

To get through the next storm, the state has a new emergency preparedness mobile application for Connecticut that will provide information and alerts in emergency situations.

The cost of the app? Free. It was free to develop and it’s free to download.

“As we have seen in past storms and emergency situations, communication is critical,” Malloy said. “The CT Prepares app will no doubt help us in that effort by providing residents with critical information during emergencies. I encourage residents to download this app to their mobile devices.”

Robert Schwartz, a developer with Connecticut Interactive, a subsidiary of NIC LLC,  said the company has a contract with the state that allows them to charge for some projects, while others are free.

The same company redesigned the state of Connecticut website in 2015.

The app includes alerts and updates during storm events, but it also includes an “I’m safe” feature that allows the user to send a message to their friends and family to let them know they are safe.

The app is available at iTunes and Google Play stores by searching “CT Prepares.”