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CodeRED Mobile alert app receives upgrade to improve community notification

BY: Metro Source Staff | November 13, 2012

LANCASTER- Residents in the Town of Lancaster will receive enhanced public safety alerts through the newly released version of the public safety app – CodeRED Mobile Alert. The app is provided through the town’s existing contract with Emergency Communications Network, LLC.

The new version of the app, which is a free download for iPhone and Android subscribers, will allow town residents the ability to view all active alerts for the entire country. This ability was previously limited to a 500-mile radius of the subscriber’s current location and has since been expanded to a 5,000-mile radius. As subscribers navigate to view alerts outside of the area, they now have the option to simply tap the compass icon at the bottom right hand corner of the screen to return them to their current location.

The enhanced app features group badge icons on the subscriber’s setting page to alert the user to select the types of subgroup notifications available. The enhancement was made to draw attention to the subgroups of alerts available as part of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app’s highly customizable settings. To select subgroups, the user must tap on the icon, which will reveal additional alerts available.

Edward A. Gutowski, OEM’s planning officer, said the upgraded version of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app will enhance public safety by giving subscribers the ability to see alerts outside of their current area.

“If we have a resident traveling outside of the town, they can access active alerts that may have been issued in other CodeRED communities and continue to be an informed citizen,” Gutowski said.

Residents who would like access to the enhanced CodeRED Mobile Alert must update their current CodeRED Mobile Alert app. For iPhone subscribers, the user may visit their App Store and search for Updates. For Android subscribers, the user will receive a notification that an upgrade is available for the app.

The upgraded version of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app comes at no additional cost to the town’s current contract with Emergency Communications Network.

“We encourage all our residents who have smartphones to download the app. The app enables us to send notifications to only those citizens in the affected area of the alert, reducing false alarm,” Gutowski remarked.

The app is available for a free download on the iTunes store and Google Play. For more information or to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, visit http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html.

About Emergency Communications Network

Headquartered in Ormond Beach, Fla., Emergency Communications Network, LLC (ECN) has pioneered high-speed emergency notification services capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. ECN’s sophisticated network supports a web-based product suite featuring five major services: CodeRED® which enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messaging; CodeRED Weather Warning™ which provides automated alerts to citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service; CityWatch™ which provides hardware and premise based mass notification solutions; My Daily Call™ for scheduling calls to check on at-risk individuals, including the elderly, infirm and latchkey kids; and CodeED® for use by school systems to improve communications with their communities. For more information, visit www.ecnetwork.com

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