Personal safety and operational security being top priorities for Burlington, Massachusetts-based Everbridge, the company was selected today by Florida’s Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to oversee AlertFlorida, a milestone in statewide alert system technology programming.
Authorities are installing the landmark system in phases, starting with a number of counties with expectations of a continued launch during 2016. Every participating jurisdiction can tailor the system to its particular needs, choosing from a selection of various alert options.
“Ensuring the safety of all Floridians is the division’s top priority,” Bryan Koon, FDEM’s director, said. “The selection of Everbridge as the AlertFlorida vendor marks a milestone toward providing the state’s emergency managers with a standardized system to communicate critical emergency information to every resident, business and visitor in Florida."
The system notifies communities of natural disasters such as floods and tornados via SMS texts, voice mail, TDD/TTY messaging and mobile applications. Users will be able to share the alerts on social media and interact with current broadcasting alert platforms.
“The state of Florida continues to demonstrate strong leadership in emergency management, and this statewide critical communications program will improve Florida’s overall preparedness and resiliency during severe weather disasters and manmade emergencies,” Jaime Ellertson, Everbridge’s CEO, said. “We applaud the state of Florida for this initiative and we are delighted to partner with FDEM to help ensure that all individuals and organizations in the state are safe and informed.”