Jul 8, 2013
By Mark Haranas/The Gardner News
WORCESTER — The Worcester Country’s Sheriff’s office is urging all residents to download its free mobile app, which provides emergency notifications and can even turn on a phone or override mute settings during critical, life-threatening emergencies.
“Anyone in the Greater Gardner area can download the app for free and be traveling in Fitchburg and quickly be notified if there’s a bomb scare, an Amber Alert, a tornado like we had this week if it’s happening in Fitchburg — it travels with you wherever you go,” said Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis. “They used it for the Boston Marathon bombings, especially in Watertown, and it was extremely successful … We’re the first sheriff’s department in New England to utilize this.” Read more…
Jul 3, 2013
By Richard Price/The Grafton Villager
Grafton—What if a flash rainstorm floods out a road, or an Amber Alert needs to reach persons in a certain area quickly? Emergencies happen swiftly and getting the word out to protect innocent people is critical to police and fire personnel.
According to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, a big step has been taken to speed up communication during emergencies with a new smartphone app that, when installed, will push urgent notices to those in a targeted area. Read more…
Jul 3, 2013
By Matt Tota/Daily News staff
Milford Daily News
WEST BOYLSTON —The Worcester County Sheriff’s office has adopted a new emergency alert system that, at the click of a mouse, can send warning messages to all smartphones in a targeted area.
Ping4alerts!, a free app created by the New Hampshire-based mobile communication company, Ping4 Inc., replaces the antiquated Reverse 911 system, which Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis said became “untenable.” Read more…
Jul 2, 2013
(NECN: Mike Cronin) – When the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon back in April, panic and chaos ensued. It’s just one example of how quickly an event can turn into a public safety emergency. For law enforcement or other officials, getting information out to the public as quickly as possible is critical. On Thursday, Worcester County took a big step forward when it comes to using technology to keep citizens alert. Read more…