Police Department Receives Grant for Mass Notification System

The Galloway Township Police Department has received a grant from Hyper-Reach for free IPAWS/CMAS message origination service. Galloway Township is one of twelve agencies to be selected for the grant. With the IPAWS/CMAS service, the police department will be able to send emergency messages to all qualified mobile phones in a relevant area without the need for citizens to do anything.

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“This system will allow us to quickly alert people of dangerous situations and inform them of the best course of action."

Galloway, NJ (PRWEB) February 22, 2013

The Galloway Township Police Department received a grant from Hyper-Reach of Rochester, New York for a mass notification system. This system can be utilized to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other threats, calling large numbers of telephones in a few minutes. Galloway Township is one of only twelve agencies in the entire country to have been selected. Hyper-Reach is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase the use and effectiveness of this new notification system for mobile telephones.

The program provides access to the Integrated Public Awareness System (IPAWS) and a subsystem called the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), developed by the Department of Homeland Security. These systems can only be accessed through specialized software, and the Hyper-Reach grants will provide that access through the rest of 2013 and early 2014.

IPAWS/CMAS messages provide special capabilities not available through other emergency notification media. They are broadcast text messages, which go to every qualified mobile phone in range of a selected broadcast area. Because they are broadcast, the messages are sent immediately and do not depend on prior registration of cell phone numbers. Visitors to an area, college students and others who would typically not register for emergency notification can be reached through IPAWS/CMAS messages.

“The Galloway Township Police Department is pleased to be selected for this program,” says Sgt. Joseph Picardi. “This system will allow us to quickly alert people of dangerous situations and inform them of the best course of action such as evacuation or sheltering in place. In addition it will allow us to utilize the assistance of the public in locating endangered missing persons.”

For more information about Hyper-Reach, go to http://www.hyper-reach.com or call 585-586-0020.


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