Emergency Alerting for Public Safety – Top 10 needs – #1 – getting contact info

Last year I wrote several posts about Emergency Mass Notification and what to look for. There are 2 clear approaches to this problem, the herd seems to gravitate towards the solution where users identify themselves for emergency alerts in a database. DHS has already shown that Opt-In alerting where users sign up only nets about 2% of those who need to be alerted. So, how will we alert the 30,000 or so students on campus of an emergency if only 600 of them sign up? How do we keep those database records up to date? And how do we alert the other 29,400 people? This is where we clearly need to move away from the herd providing these solutions and use intelligent means to auto-discover the population that needs to be alerted and what devices they need to be alerted on. ….Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima, CEO Amika Mobile

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