January 22, 2016
ARLINGTON, Va. – This week, we helped configure the University of Kentucky (UK) LiveSafe mobile safety communications platform to get ready for the blizzard about to affect more than 14 states. The UK police and emergency preparedness teams wanted to take advantage of the platform’s unique capabilities to help them manage communication with their community.
Often times, institutions focus on informing their communities via one-way notifications or broadcasts with limited/traditional channels available to support crowdsourced data and requests for assistance. To support their constituents for winter storm Jonas, the University of Kentucky opened up additional lines of communication via the LiveSafe app, to ease and improve response efforts.
The UK LiveSafe winter-weather plan:
- Encourage emergency and essential personnel to request all-wheel drive transportation to their designated posts via a temporary “Winter Weather” tip under Report Tips. This will allow dispatchers to see the individual’s pick-up location, as well as continuously two-way chat the status of escort request.
- Request that the broader University of Kentucky community submit icy conditions, power outages, or other weather related issues to crowdsource intel and help emergency mangers and police connect the dots to help prioritize response.
The flexibility of the LiveSafe platform empowered people at University of Kentucky to quickly create this winter-weather-only line of communication within the UK instance of the LiveSafe mobile safety app.
This weekend, as their teams deal with snow and ice, they will have the ability to engage in two-way communication with their staff and broader community in order to gather real-time information about how the weather event unfolds.
Proactive preparation, combined with the flexibility of the LiveSafe platform will help them “weather the storm.”