State Launches Public Health and Safety App for Android & iPhone

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The state has launched a first-in-the-nation app to alert residents of emergency situations.

At a cabinet meeting at MEMA’s newly renovated headquarters in Framingham, Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Governor Tim Murray received a demonstration of MEMA’s new public alert app, Ping4alerts!.

Ping4alerts is free and currently available to Android devices and iPhone.

It can alert citizens of public health and safety emergencies and disasters, including evacuations and weather advisories.

Through what they call ‘geofencing’ technology, MEMA is able to send “highly targeted, instant multimedia alerts” to smartphone users.

This technology will notify residents to situations and events happening right near them.

The alerts through the new apps are in addition to MEMA’s alerts through the Emergency Alert System (EAS), the state’s 211 information line, and internet posts on the state’s website and MEMA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

To download the new app for your Android or iPhone, you can visit MEMA’s website.