Leading Emergency Notification System Provider and AccuWeather Team Up to Promote Disaster Preparedness
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 27, 2010 – Everbridge, the world’s recognized leader in incident notification systems today announced announced its collaboration with partner AccuWeather and organizations in the Gulf and Atlantic Coast regions to ramp up emergency preparedness efforts in light of extreme 2010 hurricane season predictions. With June 1st marking the official start of the season, Everbridge encourages organizations to brace for the worst by preparing effective warning and evacuation messages, auditing current communications systems and plans, and notifying citizens of new approaches to managing the dangers of severe weather.
“Current predictions are that we will see a near-record number of storm threats from the tropics to the U.S. coastline, potentially rivaling 2008,” said Joe Bastardi, renowned hurricane forecaster and Chief Long-Range Meteorologist for AccuWeather. “We are advising our enterprise clients that, in an extreme case, this season could end up in a category only exceeded by 2005 – which featured severe storms such as Katrina and Rita.” For more insight and information from Bastardi, please visit AccuWeather’s site.
Galveston, TX, the barrier island that saw the worst impact of Hurricane Ike, is building off of its experience during Ike when it successfully used Everbridge Aware to issue mandatory evacuations to over 50,000 citizens, implement road closures, coordinate first-responder activity and more. To strengthen its hurricane readiness efforts, Galveston has implemented Everbridge SmartGIS, which leverages geo-location, real-time polling, and customizable, detailed recipient profiles, enabling first responders to better assess and pinpoint those in need, while providing citizens the timely information they need to stay safe.
“The recent Gulf oil spill and severe flooding are timely reminders that we never know when or how we’ll be affected by a natural or manmade disaster,” said Cinta Putra, Chief Executive Officer for Everbridge. “Being prepared for the worst can greatly mitigate the impact of disasters, and we are urging organizations in hurricane-prone regions to evaluate their plan or perhaps put new plans in place, in time for the storm season.”
Cities, counties, utilities, 911 call centers and other organizations across the globe rely on Everbridge SmartGIS to keep millions of citizens informed during emergencies. The rich map-based communication technology enables users to contact thousands of people based on their location with life-saving information, quickly and efficiently via all forms of communication, including home phones, mobile phones, email, text messaging, instant messaging, pagers, fax and other mediums. Everbridge SmartGIS is integrated with AccuWeather to deliver customized weather alerts and warnings to organizations in the path of dangerous, severe weather. For more information on SmartGIS, please visit: https://www.everbridge.com/solutions/smartgis/
About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
AccuWeather, Empowering You to Be the Best™, presents accurate, localized, branded forecasts and severe weather bulletins to over 125 million Americans each day via the Internet, mobile devices and IPTV, through the airwaves, and in print. The 113 meteorologists at AccuWeather deliver a portfolio of customized products and services to media, business, government, and institutions, and inform millions of visitors worldwide through the free AccuWeather.com website. AccuWeather also provides content onto more than 50,000 third-party Internet sites, including CNN Interactive, the ABC-Owned Television Station Group, and washingtonpost.com. Visit www.accuweather.com for more information.
Everbridge, the world’s recognized leader in incident notification systems, merges technology with industry expertise to help millions of people communicate in a crisis, manage operational incidents and connect on a daily basis. The company’s notification platform and incident lifecycle communications model makes communicating to many as simple and effective as communicating to one. Organizations in more than 100 countries—including Salesforce.com, Marathon Oil Corporation, the State of Connecticut, the American Red Cross, and Virginia Tech—rely on Everbridge for their emergency notification and day-to-day communication needs. For more information about Everbridge, visit www.everbridge.com