Link between Everbridge and GIS data

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The City of Park Ridge has recently invested in a new software
application that enhances its ability to provide emergency alerts to its
residents. The application, going by the name Everbridge Aware for
Citizen Alerts, is a notification sytem that will call people on their
phone and inform that about emregencies as well as other helpful
non-emergency updates. The data in the system is supplied to the city by
willful residents who fill out their information via the city’s
website. Residents will give at least one phone number but have the
option to supply a cell phone number, a business phone number or even an
e-mail address. When an emergency or important event comes up, the
system will send a message to the first number that a resident provided
and wait for a confirmation of receipt from that resident. If the system
does not receive a confirmation from the resident it will try the next
method of choice that was outlined by the resident during the
application process whether it be another phone number, text message or
e-mail.

The next process that the city is investigating is to incorporate
local Geographical Infromation Systems (GIS) data into the Everbridge
application for more specific uses. Since the Everbridge application
already includes a GIS mapping function, it only seems logical to test
the water by updating it with data that was created by the city’s GIS
Department. The first data layer that is set to be tested is a fire
hydrant flushing zone layer. This data layer will supply the Fire
Department with the ability to select all residences located within any
fire hydrant zone and notify them that there will be hydrant flushing
going on in their area soon. If successful, it will serve as a benchmark
for the future of using GIS layers within the citizen alert system,
thus demonstrating the versatility of GIS data.

One can easily imagine how powerful a system like this could be in
getting important information to the public. And with the ability to
intergrate local and accurate GIS data, the system can only act as a
better service for the residents of Park Ridge.

Link between Everbridge and GIS data

Blog_Link_between_Everbridge_and_GIS_data.jpg

The City of Park Ridge has recently invested in a new software
application that enhances its ability to provide emergency alerts to its
residents. The application, going by the name Everbridge Aware for
Citizen Alerts, is a notification sytem that will call people on their
phone and inform that about emregencies as well as other helpful
non-emergency updates. The data in the system is supplied to the city by
willful residents who fill out their information via the city’s
website. Residents will give at least one phone number but have the
option to supply a cell phone number, a business phone number or even an
e-mail address. When an emergency or important event comes up, the
system will send a message to the first number that a resident provided
and wait for a confirmation of receipt from that resident. If the system
does not receive a confirmation from the resident it will try the next
method of choice that was outlined by the resident during the
application process whether it be another phone number, text message or
e-mail.

The next process that the city is investigating is to incorporate
local Geographical Infromation Systems (GIS) data into the Everbridge
application for more specific uses. Since the Everbridge application
already includes a GIS mapping function, it only seems logical to test
the water by updating it with data that was created by the city’s GIS
Department. The first data layer that is set to be tested is a fire
hydrant flushing zone layer. This data layer will supply the Fire
Department with the ability to select all residences located within any
fire hydrant zone and notify them that there will be hydrant flushing
going on in their area soon. If successful, it will serve as a benchmark
for the future of using GIS layers within the citizen alert system,
thus demonstrating the versatility of GIS data.

One can easily imagine how powerful a system like this could be in
getting important information to the public. And with the ability to
intergrate local and accurate GIS data, the system can only act as a
better service for the residents of Park Ridge.