New Technology for Nantucket Island Emergency Alerts

Nantucket Island SafetyEmergency management coordinators on the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard recently launched the ping4alerts! mobile communications platform to keep residents and tourists informed during emergency situations.

Ping4alerts! utilizes a patent-pending technology that allows Emergency Management Agencies to send real-time information to users within a highly targeted geographic area. The anonymous app, which is free, will only activate if the mobile device is within the impacted area.

David Fronzuto, Emergency Management Coordinator for Nantucket, said: “This is exactly the type of service we want to provide our residents and visitors. We want to be able to inform them of a potential emergency situation in a very proactive way. Once they download this free app, they can receive alerts from us, but only when they are on the island. If they are home in Boston and we send out an alert, they will not receive it.”

Chuck Cotnoir, head of Emergency Management for Dukes County, which includes Martha’s Vineyard, agreed: “July 4th is a very busy time on the island and we wanted to be ready to go with ping4alerts! We are working with the Steamship Authority and local airports to encourage everyone to download the ping4alerts! app. I would urge anyone visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to download this app. It does not require any personal information. It resides on your smartphone silently until activated and then gives you actionable information you need. This is a win for everyone: the island, residents, and visitors.”

Increasingly, Emergency Management Agencies are relying on the latest technology to provide real-time information to people in the direct path of danger. The technology, from experts at Ping4 Inc., allows users to get emergency messages based on where the users are in real-time with their smart phone. This is a leap forward from older technologies that use permanent, static addresses to issue alerts.

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