(PRWEB) June 04, 2014
On Sunday, June 8th, more than 3,000 runners, including 1,350 elementary and middle school girls, their parents, friends and family will gather in Buffalo, NY for the annual Girls on the Run 5K. And if they sign up by Saturday, June 7th, they will be able to be quickly alerted to any potentially unsafe situations during that event.
Hyper-Reach – a national provider of emergency alert services to public safety officials – is donating its emergency alert services to Girls on the Run of Buffalo for the event. This means that the event organizers will be able to send out alerts to everyone who signs up for the service.
Telephone-based emergency alert systems are used by thousands of communities across the United States to notify citizens of danger and help them prepare for disasters. These systems alert people of weather emergencies, missing persons, criminal activity, environmental disasters, and other situations that can cause loss of life and property. The Hyper-Reach system can send thousands of phone calls, text messages and emails in just a few seconds.
Erie and many other counties in western New York already provide emergency alert services to their residents. But different counties use different vendors, which means that a message sent on the Erie County system – for example - would not be received by visitors from other counties. So Hyper-Reach – which provides emergency alerts form many counties in New York state – is providing alert service for all attendees for the event at no cost.
“We were thrilled to hear about the Hyper-Reach Event Initiative and how it can improve the safety and security of our event,” said, Katie Joyce, Council Director of Girls on the Run of Buffalo. “Hyper-Reach set up our account in a few days. The system is very easy to use, which is important if we really need to use it. We hope that everyone signs up for the alerts as soon as possible.”
Participants and others planning to attend the event can register for the free alerts at http://usnear.org/girls-on-the-run-5k4/. Registration is managed by the US National Emergency Alert Registry (http://www.usnear.org), which provides free registration for emergency alerts throughout the US. As an added service, people who register for alerts for the Girls on the run event can also have their information automatically added to the local alert service provided by their home county. People who want to receive the alerts should register no later than Saturday, June 7, to be sure that their number is in the alert database in time for the event.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer this service to Girls on the Run,” said Sam Asher, president of Hyper-Reach. “We developed the Emergency Alert Initiative to enable non-profits and community groups to be able to alert participants and other folks attending events like this, and it’s gratifying to be of service to such a worthy organization.”
Hyper-Reach (http://www.hyper-reach.com) is a mass notification system with over 12 years of experience in emergency messaging. Hyper-Reach sends messages via automated telephone calls, text messaging (SMS), email, and social media, such as Twitter. Other uses of Hyper-Reach include Amber alerts, toxic chemical warnings, and armed shooter alerts. In addition to 911 centers, Hyper-Reach is used by law enforcement, educational institutions, and corporations.
For more information about Hyper-Reach, go to http://www.hyper-reach.com or call 855-266-8439 (855 2-Notify).
About the US National Emergency Alert Registry
USNEAR (http://www.usnear.org) is a program designed to help all US residents sign up for the emergency alert services offered by their local public safety agencies. The free service, which is sponsored by Hyper-Reach, provides a single, easy to share website that makes it quick and simple to sign up on the web, using a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Information entered into the USNEAR site is then transferred to the correct local emergency alert service for that person.
About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run® (http://www.gotrbuffalo.org/) is a life-changing, experiential learning program that combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of this youth development program are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Through such goals, Girls on the Run works to educate and empower girls at an early age, in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future, including substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, and sedentary lifestyles. The design of the program acts to do just that by first addressing numerous aspects of girls’ development—physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being—in the three-part core curriculum. The lessons are taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and include understanding ourselves, valuing teamwork, and recognizing how we connect with and shape the world at large. Then, the girls have the opportunity to choose and conduct a community service project to further develop the vision of every girl knowing and activating her limitless potential. Finally, at the conclusion of the program, the girls complete a 5K Celebration as a team.