Improving Tornado Safety and Preparedness With Everbridge Nixle | Hall County Case Study
Hall County covers 430 square miles across north central Georgia, with a population of 194,000 residents. The county features the Chattahoochee River, which creates Lake Lanier—the most visited Corp of Engineers lake in the U.S. – attracting over 10 million visitors a year. Hall County is also known at the “Poultry Capital of The World” and features the top rated cardiac hospital in the state of Georgia. Hall County is located in an area of Georgia that is frequently experiencing severe weather, such as tornadoes. For this reason, city officials hold tornado safety and preparedness as a high priority.
Case Study Problem
Hall County is susceptible to severe weather and sees more tornadoes, injuries and deaths than any other county in Georgia (tornado activity in Hall County is 109 percent higher than the average U.S. county). Hall County also faces winter weather and flash flooding, but prior to 2012, had no mass communication system, other than outdoor sirens, to deliver emergency notifications to residents, visitors and area businesses. Moreover, departments and agencies involved with tornado safety and preparedness within the county lacked an automated communication system to help with the coordination of incident response and scheduling activities.
Case Study Solution For Tornado Safety and Preparedness
With Everbridge and the Nixle Community Engagement solution, Hall County now has a reliable notification system in place that enables the county to distribute communications and instructions to residents and visitors on their preferred contact paths and devices. From delivering tornado and flash flooding notifications, to sending keyword-based text messages regarding community events such as park closures and traffic near Lake Lanier, to daily staffing alerts for Fire and EMS, the county continues to find new uses for the Everbridge Nixle system. Since adopting Everbridge Nixle, Hall County has seen great improvement for their tornado safety and preparedness.