County heads hear more about Rave alerts

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Officials from around Pike County got a closer look Tuesday at the mass notification system that has been proposed for use by departments within the county.

Andrew Gutteridge with Rave Mobile Safety held a webinar for the officials in attendance, which included representatives from the Pike County Commission, Pike County Jail, Pike County Schools, Pike EMA and the town of Goshen.

In addition to going back through some details previously discussed at commission meetings, Gutteridge brought up a demo to display how the system looks and works.

During the demonstration, Gutteridge revealed some extra capabilities of the program, including the ability to physically select a radius on a map for alerts to go out to.

This ability can be used both for sending out alerts and searching for people with special needs within an affected area.

Gutteridge gave the example of searching for people who had limited mobility or had no access to transport during an evacuation order.

Gutteridge also discussed some of the other  products that the company offers, such as “Panic Button”, which allows schools to quickly alert authorities and key personnel about emergencies such as active shooters, fires and medical emergencies.

Commissioner Russell Johnson said that the county wanted to get information about the product, but is not considering it as part of the current proposal.

The commission could take action on the system as early as Monday, February 27 at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

The commission will also be holding a public town hall Monday on a proposed statewide gas tax.

The town hall will begin at 3 p.m., the work session will begin at 5:15 p.m. and the regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m.

All meetings take place upstairs at the Pike County Health Department.