Boston upgrades emergency notification system
Boston is making it easier to send relevant, timely and tailored emergency alerts to residents.
Based on feedback from city residents, the Office of Emergency Management upgraded AlertBoston, the city’s emergency notification system, so that the city can broadcast messages via phone, text or email. The new system’s tailored outreach feature is able to send messages only to those in areas directly affected by an event, based on a user’s geographic location. And to accommodate the city’s diverse population, the city will broadcast alerts like severe weather warnings, parking bans and street closures in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.
AlertBoston is provided by CodeRED, a provider of alert systems to cities throughout the United States. Residents who subscribe to AlertBoston receive notifications directly to their personal cell phone whether at home, on the road, or traveling around the country. An app is also available.
Posted by Amanda Ziadeh on Aug 19, 2016 at 8:43 AM