Tornadoes, flooding, and hazardous materials spill.
Our area is all too familiar with those emergency situations.
Now, when disaster strikes, you can stay ahead of the warnings.
The Amarillo, Potter, and Randall Office of Emergency Management announced its partnership with ping4alerts.
The free app delivers emergency notifications to your cell phone, if you are in the area of the incident, or if you are about to enter the affected area.
You do need to let the app run in the background of your device. It works by knowing where you are via location, but neither the company or the office of emergency management keeps a history of your whereabouts.
The app simply knows where you are at the time and delivers the alert if you are in the area or if you enter a warned area.
We are told Amarillo Office of Emergency Managment will use ping4alerts for incidents including severe weather, like flooding or tornadoes, as well as hazardous materials incidents.
“It’s very important for the community to have these things, and I practice what I preach,” said Chip Orton, the Director of Emergency Management for Amarillo, Potter, Randall Office of Emergency Managment. “I have a go kit. We have a plan for my family, and so the thing is, these things can happen at any time with no warning. Obviously, you do get that with hurricanes. But with severe weather, with flooding, a lot of them can be rapid onsets.”
The app is not the only initiative being used to keep you safe.
The OEM also created FAST Teams, which stands for Flood Alert Strike teams.
Orton told us it is a collaboration with Public Works, Streets, and Fire.
The “FAST Teams” not only have a digital presence but a physical one as well.
The departments which are part of the group will be parking on the inside lanes of flooded areas.