We subscribe to a number of news services that give us stories about emergency notification throughout the US and the world.
And since some of it is interesting, this seems like a good opportunity to share.
Here’s the best of what we saw this week, which, coincidentally, was National Severe Weather Preparedness Week:
– If you haven’t heard already, a Washington, PA city councilman put “Brian is gay” out on the local emergency alert system. This story even made the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. No word yet on whether “Brian” has responded;
– A new service in India lets people text to a special number, which then dials a pre-defined list of 10 friends and family.
– Rand Paul’s filibuster was supposedly interrupted by an emergency alert. Apparently the EAS alert was not about a drone strike, which was part of Paul’s reason for the 13 hour marathon speech;
– A 30-page report details the failures of emergency alert systems in the Waldo Canyon fire in CO. About 40% of the messages went to voicemail and answering machines.
– We announced a program designed to help offset the Federal budget cuts called “sequestration”. For 2013, we’ll guarantee 25% savings vs. any comparable ENS system to any government agency.