WCHS News – City of Charleston partnering with company to offer app to provide coronavirus information
by JEFF MORRIS Friday, April 3rd 2020
The city of Charleston says it is partnering with a company to offer a free app to provide information to residents during the coronavirus pandemic. (WCHS/WVAH)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — The city of Charleston announced it is partnering with a company to offer an app to keep people informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heads Up Community is a free, downloadable mobile app that will allow the city to share community-based information with residents through real-time push notifications, according to a news release from the city.
Residents can participate anonymously. The news release said the mobile app does not require any personal information or mobile numbers. The app can be downloaded and is ready to receive notifications. It can be customized to select the information you wish to receive plus other towns that are available.
The app can be downloaded at the Google Play store or Apple’s Mobile App store.
Notifications can be shared with family and friends on social media by text message or email, depending on what social media and other applications the user has on his or her phone, the city said.
The partnership for the mobile app is with Heads Up LLC, a West Virginia-based company.
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Putnam County, West Virginia has a population of 57,000 and began collecting smartphones in 2004 to use with their mass notification system. Their citizens had the ability to login to a website and enter their cell numbers. After six (6) years, Putnam EMS had a total of 242 signups. The national average is around 8% for this type of opt-in method. They began utilizing the Heads Up Community mobile application in January 2019 and now have 4,957.
Finally, a great solution to remedy the opt-in problem.
Putnam County Director, Frank Chapman says “I would recommend the Heads Up community app for anybody that is looking for a way to notify the public…” Putnam County EMS Website