When a crisis affects the Town of Chesterton, emergency management officials
must be able to reach residents instantly with warnings, information, and
To do so quickly and effectively, the town has begun using Global Connect’s
Emergency Notification System, which gives municipalities the ability to
call thousands of residents, staff members, and volunteers within minutes.
“The Global Connect system will allow the town manager and police and fire
chiefs to record a message in his or her own voice and send that message to
every telephone number listed in the directory within a matter of minutes,”
said Craig Bird, CEO and founder of Global Connect. “Whether residents need
to be informed of a water main break, fast-moving fire, approaching storm,
or other crisis, the Global Connect Emergency Notification System is the
most efficient way to reach them with the news.”
The Global Connect Emergency Notification System uses Voice Over Internet
Protocol (VOIP) to send a message to a database of telephone numbers, email
addresses, or fax numbers. The system offers a number of features that make
it particularly useful during a crisis:
•Instant callback: Residents who need additional information or
require special assistance from the municipality can make a return call to a
designated telephone number with the press of a single key on their
•Customized mapping capability: Municipalities can create a
customized list of call recipients by selecting the area(s) affected by the
emergency at hand. Global Connect will instantly develop the list of
telephone numbers for residents in that area.
•Remote access and deployment: Emergency management officials can
deploy a message from any location. Only a telephone is required to record
and send a broadcast.
•Real-time reporting: Municipal officials can see immediately which
residents have been reached by telephone, and which have received messages.
The system will continue to call residents who have not been reached as
frequently and as many times as desired.
“Many municipalities and school districts have already seen the benefits of
the Global Connect Emergency Notification System,” Bird said. “The speed,
simplicity, and flexibility of this cost-effective system make it a natural
choice for public entities.”
For more information on the Global Connect Emergency Notification System,
please call (888) 421-4151 or visit www.gc1.com
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