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Federal Signal: Survey Finds Personal Alerts Help Mobile Phone Owners Feel Safer During an Emergency

Date: 2014-07-03
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Four-out-of-five Americans (81 percent) who own a mobile phone would feel safer in an emergency situation if they received an emergency notification on their phone informing them of what was going on, according to a recent Federal Signal survey conducted online in June by Harris Poll.

Federal Signal Alerting & Notification Systems Division is a leader in mass notification solutions for communities and facilities around the world. Their SmartMsg Software provides an interface for FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which allows emergency managers to disseminate consistent alert information through a simple communications method and platform that allows them to geographically target notification areas and alert citizens.  SmartMsg acts as a bridge in communicating alerts to citizens across multiple channels. 

“It’s imperative to stay two steps ahead of citizens and deliver the information they need to hear, even when they aren’t listening,” said Matt Brady, vice president and general manager for Federal Signal Corporation.  “By taking the tools emergency mangers are already familiar with, we are able to enhance our solution with IPAWS to allow emergency managers and safety officials to reach citizens – even if they aren’t expecting it. Using IPAWS to push notifications directly to citizens keeps them conveniently informed and safe in a personalized, real-time way.”

As technology continues to evolve, it shapes how citizens not only expect to receive notifications and alerts, but their expectation for being notified proactively. Federal Signal continues to explore and expand channels to ensure there are multiple layers of communications for public safety officials to successfully take advantage of and leverage to reach citizens. 

For more information on Federal Signal, visit: http://www.federalsignal.com.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Federal Signal, 6/30/14)

 

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