The app lets citizens enter their family emergency meeting locations; review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a disaster; view a map of shelters and disaster-recovery centers across the U.S.; and read the agency’s latest blog posts on disaster incidents and response.
Nixle announced the launch of its next-generation Nixle Connect platform at no cost to government agencies, which have used the company’s secure technology to leverage social media and text messaging to communicate directly with their constituencies.
Social-media outlets like Twitter and Facebook have become valuable tools for public safety and other government agencies that want to communicate with citizenry, especially in emergencies. But government officials also are finding themselves grappling with the misinformation that such media often spawns.
Emergency-mass-notification vendor AtHoc recently announced new mobile applications for its IWSAlerts platform that are designed to leverage the capabilities of mobile broadband wireless networks and the functionality of smartphones and tablet devices.