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Huntington Launches New "App" For Emergency Notifications

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Reported: Nov. 5, 2013 5:25 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 6, 2013 1:04 PM EST

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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

The Cabell Wayne Department of Homeland Security Committee members that include first responders and city and county leaders have joined together to launch a new smartphone application to keep people in the area "in the know" in case of an emergency.

"This is information that the public needs to react to a disaster or other type of incident, Rodney Pell, Huntington police administrator, said.

It's information about emergencies, school closings and traffic situations that could affect your life, right at your fingertips. That's the goal of a newly launched smart phone application called "Heads Up Huntington".

Derek Chapman, senior account executive with Mountain State Computer And Network Solutions, who developed the application, said, "It's one of the first places people go for information, and why not have an "app" that tells people when there's an emergency situation or just something in the area that they need to be aware of."

The 'app' will alert you to critical information in an emergency or disaster situation. One scenario given was a major wreck on the interstate and what information people would need to know immediately. Pell said it would alleviate the problem of people sitting in their cars wondering what's going on and when they can get through. "We want them to have the information to say yes you should, without having any doubt," he said.

Users will be able to choose what notifications they want to receive ranging from Level One alerts like viaduct closures to Level Five alerts that could be something serious enough for an evacuation, and the app is totally customizable.

It's currently available through Google Play and should be available in the Apple App Store by the end of the week.



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