Florida Extends Public Warning Contract with Everbridge for 5 Years
Monday, July 15, 2019 | Comments

Everbridge announced that the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has signed a five-year extension of its statewide mass notification platform, AlertFlorida, to bolster Florida’s ongoing hurricane preparedness efforts.

Managed by FDEM and operated by Everbridge, AlertFlorida distributes critical information to residents, businesses and visitors across the state, where it is currently deployed in 64 of Florida’s 67 counties, at no cost to individual jurisdictions. This widespread adoption is critically important as the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is well underway.

Since 2016, Everbridge has supported communities and businesses across Florida as hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, Irma, and Michael, which was a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall. During Hurricane Irma, for example, the Everbridge system was used to share safety information, weather updates, sheltering instructions and evacuation directions throughout the course of the storm, with more than 20 million messages sent to residents. In addition, Everbridge provides an integration for the Florida Special Needs Registry. Counties can leverage this integration to help citizens with special needs sign up for assistance with transportation and shelter during emergencies.

“The state of Florida is a model example of a state government’s proactive coordination and readiness when mass mobilization or evacuation is required,” said Imad Mouline, chief technology officer (CTO) of Everbridge. “Reliability and scalability of critical communications are essential during such events, both for individuals at risk and for businesses and organizations to address disruptions to their daily operations.”

The Everbridge platform also extends to higher education. All of Florida’s public colleges and universities are now eligible to leverage the AlertFlorida contract to keep their students safe and campuses running smoothly.

Florida is one of several states to have entered into a statewide contract with Everbridge. New York, Connecticut and Vermont have also rolled out Everbridge mass notification to their entire populations. In addition, the Everbridge public warning product is supporting countrywide deployments in Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Bahamas, Singapore, Greece and numerous states across India.

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