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…
Jul 2, 2013
By Linda Bock TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
WEST BOYLSTON — Grab your smartphone, there’s a new app in town.
Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis recently replaced the Reverse 911 notification system with what he said is a much speedier and more efficient public safety notification system called Ping4alerts. The mobile alert communications system was designed to instantly notify citizens about local public safety emergencies such as missing persons, severe weather, traffic situations, natural disasters and fast-moving emergencies.
“If we had a Marathon bomber in Worcester County, I’d want to be able to notify people,” Sheriff Evangelidis said, and be able to send real-time updates. He said alerts can be sent out in the same time it takes to send an email or text alert. “This really focuses on public safety.” Read more…