Dorothy Should Have Had This Geo Targeting App from Ping4 Inc.

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Geo Targeting Gives Tornado Alley Residents Precious Extra Minutes Thanks To Ping4 Inc.

NOAA Tornado Alert

These types of value‐added services are designed to provide as much actionable information as possible.

Tornado season is in full swing. How can the over 65,000,000 residents of Tornado Alley keep themselves out harm’s way?

If they have a Smartphone, they could take a minute to get the free app from Ping4 Inc.: ping4alerts! This app, currently being utilized by emergency management agencies from New England to California, utilizes patent-pending technology which sends warnings of area emergencies to Smartphones. This free app was able to locate Richard Pepper in Indiana – or more accurately, to locate his Smartphone -- and warn him that he was in the direct path of a tornado. It saved his life.

Anyone who lives in the Midwestern United States from North Dakota, south to Texas and east to Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee knows that when tornados strike, early warning may be the difference between life and death. Peak tornado season threatens residents from April to June. The average tornado is on the ground for about five minutes and every one counts. An alert from ping4alerts! could give those precious minutes needed to get to safety.

Nighttime tornadoes are about 2 times more likely to kill people as those that occur in the daytime. Residents tend to be asleep and not hear sirens and weather radios at night. A simple alert from Ping4 on a Smartphone could help even the playing field.

In the last 2 months alone, ping4alerts! has sent 692 warnings for tornados, 621 of those since the beginning of tornado season. This state of the art alert system is not just for tornadoes, though. It was also utilized recently by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to update residents regarding the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt. The alert could even be as local as a missing child at the mall.

Ping4 Inc.’s software allows officials to notify users within an extremely localized area and the area is unique to each emergency. This means each alert is important and relevant to the individual who receives it. Alerts from this app will not be ignored. “These types of value‐added services are designed to provide as much actionable information as possible," said Greg Carbin with the NOAA National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

Ping4 Inc., based in New Hampshire, is an innovative software communications company utilizing the latest in push notification technology with its ping4alerts! This app enables the delivery of real‐time, location‐based, multimedia alerts to any Smartphone of crucial, time‐sensitive information with text, pictures, audio, links and maps, including extreme weather events and fast‐moving, dangerous situations. There is no downside. All information is anonymous and user information is never shared. Help us get the word out and help save lives. For more information, go to http://www.ping4.com.

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