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Integrating Modern Technology as an Extension of the Community Meeting

  Cities are made up of diverse groups with various interests and preferences for how they obtain information. With busy schedules, community members have a greater appreciation for comfortable and convenient means of receiving news about what is going on in your city. They also desire being able to have their own views heard. With modern technology you have more opportunities for fast and cost-effective ways to communicate with your citizens. Whether you are just attempting to reach out and provide information about an upcoming event, or have to share details about major road closures coming up, there are ways to stay in touch and keep people informed that are more reliable than methods of the past. The Problems with the Community Wide Public Meeting The community wide public meeting is still utilized by cities and towns across the United States. While effective in some areas it is important to

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Important Tips For Creating A Successful Emergency Notification System

  Leaders of communities both large and small depend on some sort of alert system to deal with a crisis. Whether you are in charge of a small college campus or a major municipality you have the responsibility of protecting that community in the event of an emergency. This is a multi-faceted project that starts with your emergency notification system. There are more effective and convenient ways today than radio or television broadcasts to relay emergency information, even to groups of thousands. With a mobile device in practically everyone's pocket, this is your best tool to focus on for a successful emergency notification system. Choose The Right System Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes calling for an alert system that is versatile. You don't want to create the same type of reaction for a scheduled interruption of water service as you would for an impending tornado. A flexible alert

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How Efficient is Your Water Company Running?

  As a service provider for such an important element of daily living, managing a community’s water company is a complex responsibility. With considerations as important as water quality and delivery, along with development, you must have strong systems in place to manage your business efficiently and effectively. There are a number of ways to streamline your responsibilities that will give you the opportunity to focus your attention to building a stronger company. At the Source You may have a large office building to work out of, but the heart of your business is at the source of your water supply. Take a look at the on-site operations for areas of improvement. Quality control is the focus here, and you have standards in place that ensure quality but have you considered preventive measures? How often are expert members of your staff walking the perimeter of your water source? Contamination can

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Community Disaster Recovery: It is All in the Pre-Planning

Disaster recovery should be a two part process, with the emphasis being on the first. If you focus on how to react to disasters before they occur then the second phase, recovery, will be easier. After the surprisingly harsh winter in 2013-2014, many towns and municipalities got a wake up call as to how inefficient their emergency notification systems really were. To avoid this scenario again, get your plans in place now for how you will keep your citizens and employees safe this winter and get your town back up and running fast after a winter storm. Organize Before getting started on a disaster recovery plan get together with leaders in your community to assemble teams to focus on the different areas. This should include police and fire chiefs, a school board member and principals of area schools plus administrators from your local hospitals. All of them will have valuable

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Reducing Your Risk: Send An Automated Product Recall Notice To Avoid Disaster

When a product is suddenly found to be dangerous to the public, getting that information out to the public quickly is of utmost importance. Especially when it involves food items. A product recall is enacted when the discovery of a safety issue or product defect is discovered. The public is then encouraged to return the product back to its producer. As soon as a safety issue is detected, stores and distributors are alerted to remove the product from the shelves immediately. This process can take time as the initial notification is usually made as a press release. Manufacturing companies could do a better job of protecting consumers by broadcasting a phone call or text message to the affected outlets. While not every business has access to live radio or T.V. during the day, they all will be accessible by phone. This makes the automated product recall notice a more viable

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Hurricane Alerts and Notifications: Keep Employees, Customers and Residents Safe

The 2014 hurricane season is upon us, and weather agencies are already predicting two land falls for the U.S. Prepare your business now by setting up automated notifications that will alert your employees, residents and customers of the potential dangers, how to prepare for them, and the extent of damage in the aftermath. The strong winds and rains produced by a hurricane can cause irreparable damage to valuables left at storage yards and boat marinas. When news of an impending hurricane hits, owners of these businesses can immediately let every customer know that their possessions are at risk. Being prepared is key to surviving a hurricane and securing a boat and other valuables will help to prevent any damage or loss. With one quick message, your entire customer list will be forewarned. Small coastal towns and municipalities can also use automated hurricane alerts to let their residents know where to

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Atlantic Hurricane Season 2013: Prepare For The Worst With Automated Weather Alerts

DialMyCalls.com offers automated weather alerts for its members to prepare for hurricane season 2013.   The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will officially begin on June 1, 2013 and according to experts, it's going to be an "above average" season this year. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray, meteorologists at Colorado State University, predict 18 storms, nine of which will strengthen into hurricanes. (Source: ibtimes.com)   Residents living in areas of the United States that must prepare for hurricane season 2013 can sign up for an account with DialMyCalls and begin setting up their own automated weather alerts. Our system offers families, businesses, churches, and even entire cities an extremely easy and effective way to send out important messages via phone and text.   Let's say that during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, a storm is projected to hit your city and you must evacuate. DialMyCalls would allow cities to send out

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New York Experiences Extreme Flu Outbreak

New York declares state of emergency due to the extreme influenza outbreak throughout the state. According to Fox New Latino, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a public health emergency as a result of the extreme outbreak of influenza in the state. The online new agency goes on to state that at least two children have died since October (2012). Governor Cuomo stated that the flu season will not be over until May and the health epidemic is "the worst since at least 2009." According to a recent study, approximately five times the amount of flu cases have been registered in New York this season as compared to last season. (19,128 cases vs. 4, 404) That number is quite staggering which is why a system needs to be in place to alert citizens of extreme medical conditions which directly poses a threat to the entire state. For more information

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Tropical Storm Debby Text Message Alerts

Tropical Storm Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend and has been slamming Florida with tons of rain and extreme weather. Amidst the massive amount of rainfall that Tropical Storm Debby is producing, the extreme force of nature is also creating deadly tornadoes. It is said that at least one person has died due to the tornadoes that were spawned by the slow moving storm off the coast of Florida. With sustained winds now at 50 mph, Debby could quite possibly move ashore near the panhandle of Florida. What are Tropical Storm Debby Text Message Alerts and how could they help your community? Weather is quite unpredictable and even though professionals spend their lives studying tropical storms and other various forces of nature, sometimes their predictions and forecasts are wrong – don't be caught off guard in these situations. DialMyCalls offers an emergency notification service that allows

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Heavy rain causes extreme flooding in Florida

  Over the weekend, Pensacola, Florida was ravaged by heavy rains that caused extensive flood damage. An estimated $20 million in damages is being reported in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Pensacola, Florida. The damage is due to a severe weather system that wreaked havoc over the weekend, causing extensive flooding. At least one person has been confirmed dead as a result of this weekend's storm in Pensacola. (Source: USA Today) "Flash flooding occurs within a six-hour or less period of time," said Keith Williams, a meteorologist with the weather service in Mobile, Ala. "They come up very suddenly and do a lot of damage." DialMyCalls' emergency alert system allows for small towns, cities and even entire states to prepare for extreme weather conditions like the recent floods in Pensacola, Florida. Our mass notification system can be used to send out voice messages, text messages and emails to every

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