BURLINGTON, Mass .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management (CEM), today announced its support for hundreds of counties and cities along the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast (from Florida at Massachusetts) as the 2021 hurricane season begins. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), forecasts for this year’s season – June 1 to November 30 – predict “above normal“, with the probability of up to 20 named storms, of which six to ten could become hurricanes. NOAA predicts that three to five of these hurricanes could reach Categories 3, 4 or 5 with winds of 111 mph or more. This year’s hurricane outlook follows a record-breaking 2020 season and marks the sixth consecutive year of unusually high hurricane activity.
“When hurricanes strike, communication between emergency officials, first responders, search and rescue teams and the general public remains essential to saving lives,” said Brian Toolan, head of government strategy at Everbridge . “Our team of critical event management experts are dedicated to providing our clients with the right tools, best practices and features necessary to ensure preparedness during the hurricane season and to always maximize response and response efforts. security. ”
With emphasis on lessons learned from 2020 – in which 30 named storms resulted in more than $ 51 billion in economic losses – the Everbridge Customer Success team has released new critical event management and emergency messaging recommendations, guidelines and advice that organizations should incorporate hurricane preparedness and preparedness into their plans. Building on the Everbridge Platform, cities, counties and states in the United States follow these best practices to communicate effectively with citizens during a crisis:
- Deploy a means of population-wide buy-in to ensure that the public receives critical updates and information via their mobile device – provide communities with a quick and easy to implement membership solution for citizens to send keyword or postcode via SMS to an established SMS shortcode.
- Contribute to a risk data sharing network that connects the public sector to the private sector – enable government agencies, hospitals, universities, airports and local businesses to share vital information to respond more quickly to emergencies.
- Execute special / functional needs registers – identify citizens at risk during an emergency to ensure that high priority people (ie nursing homes, hospitals) receive specialized care.
- Create incident zones by geographic location – trigger mobile emergency alerts from government authorities when a person visits or returns to an area designated as an active critical event.
- Maximize reach with a strong database of contacts – To complement membership databases, emergency managers look to the Everbridge Resident Connection database – a robust database of landline, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and cellular and residential telephone contacts to achieve the most large population with more confidence.
During the Atlantic hurricane season 2020 – further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic – Many communities along the East Coast and Gulf Coast have used the Everbridge platform to communicate critical safety information to residents and employees.
“Our mission is to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response,” said Francis Xavier Suarez, mayor of Miami, Florida. “To meet this commitment, we must reach our residents as quickly and securely as possible. Everbridge helps the City of Miami ensure citizens and businesses have access to real-time public information when seconds count. We are well prepared to keep our population informed before, during and beyond the hurricane season. ”
To strengthen its ongoing hurricane preparedness efforts, the Florida Emergency Management Division (FDEM) uses Everbridge to power AlertFlorida, distributing critical information to residents, businesses and visitors across the state. Interviews with six counties in Florida, as well as the city of Miami, document best practices for ensuring hurricane preparedness, the benefits of mutual assistance between counties, the coordination of safe evacuations for all residents, as well as the many cases use of a scalable mass notification platform.
For more information, access Everbridge’s best practice and hurricane preparedness documents, including:
In addition, Everbridge will host a Table top exercise in severe weather June 4e, offering three independent pre-work activities leading to the 2-hour live instructor-led sessions covering three modules: preparation, response and recovery.
Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG) is a global software company that provides enterprise software applications that automate and accelerate organizations’ operational response to critical events to keep people safe and organizations run smoothly. During public safety threats such as active shooter situations, terrorist attacks or extreme weather conditions, as well as critical business events including computer failures, cyber attacks or other incidents such as product recalls or supply chain disruptions, more than 5,700 customers worldwide rely on the business critical event management platform to quickly and reliably aggregate and assess threat data, locate threats at-risk individuals and responders able to help, automate the execution of pre-defined communication processes through secure delivery to over 100 different communication modalities and track progress of execution of response plans. Everbridge serves 8 of the 10 largest US cities, 9 of the 10 largest US-based investment banks, 47 of the 50 busiest North American airports, 9 of the 10 largest global consulting firms, 8 of the 10 most major global automakers, 9 of the top 10 US-based healthcare providers, and 7 of the top 10 tech companies in the world. Everbridge is based in Boston with additional offices in 20 cities around the world. For more information visit www.everbridge.com
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