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A Q&A with Heads Up! Community

A short, sweet and to the point Q & A with Butch Evans from Heads Up! Community.

1.  Q.  What is Heads Up! Community?

A.  Thousands of mobile devices grouped into geographic areas that users receive meaningful content.

2.  Q.  How does push work?

A.  An automated message sent by an application to a user when the application is not open.

3. Q.  What does a community app do?

A.  The app is geared specifically towards events and other activities that are currently going on in the community.

4. Q.  What is a community?

A.   A unified body of individuals such as the people with a common interest living a particular area.

5. Q.  What is the status of social media?

A.  On average people across the globe spend 2 hours and 16 minutes per day on social media and use an average of 8.9 platforms.

6. Q.  Is this like Facebook or other social sites?

A.  No. A user can choose what geographical area they wish to follow and their areas of interest such as: upcoming festivals, kid’s events, school closings, library events, & boil alerts.             Only assigned delegates for those categories, can publish information. This prevents the arrival of irrelevant content.

7. Q.  What is noise on social media?

A.   Noise is information which is not useful; which does not have any value to you right now.

8. Q. What is the best times to receive social media deployments?

A.  * Early AM (1 am-8 am) 18%
* Working Hrs (9 am-4 pm) 52%
* After Hrs (5 pm-12 pm) 30%

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New Mobile App Alerts Communities, Universities & Emergencies

From: WV Record

By Kyla Asbury

Charleston, WV…  A new mobile app is working to inform the local community and university students about events and emergencies.  Heads Up! Community works to inform the public and students about important events.

“What is so unique about this mobile app, is that the user can select the community or communities they wish to follow plus the type of subject matter they wish to follow,” Butch Evans, vice president of marketing, said in an interview with The West Virginia Record. “The app was originally developed to provide emergency managers a large pool of mobile devices. The managers’ current method is to request the user to go to a website and enter their cell number, name and address. The national average of this Opt-in method is around six percent. It appears that the public is not willing to provide personal information.”

Evans said that after downloading the free Heads Up! mobile app, the user can select the state, county and/or city they wish to follow.

The user can then select the areas of interest they wish to follow.

“If the user does not have kids, they can uncheck the option to be notified about schools and children’s events,” Evans said. “Which empowers the user.”

To prevent irrelevant material from being distributed, the city and or college assigns knowledgeable subject delegates to send out the messages.

Evans said the app is being marketed to more cities nationwide. Currently, in West Virginia, it’s available for Cabell, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hancock, Jackson, McDowell, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane and Wayne counties, as well as Cottageville, Evans, Gay, Kenna, Millwood, Ravenswood, Ripley, Sandyville, Silverton and Nitro.

A university model is available that is branded with the school name and logo.

To learn more or get a FREE demo, call them at 304-781-3410.

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Learn How to use Heads Up Community!

Now that you have downloaded the Heads-Up Community Mobile Application, here is how to do a quick setup

  1. Launch the Heads Up Community Icon.
  2. It will show the alert list.
  3. At the top left of this list is a menu.
  4. Select menu, and it will display some options.
  5. Select the settings option and you will see a list of States available with Heads Up.
    1. Note, that all Statesareturned on. You will be required to turn off the states and their communities. To the right of the state is a down arrow symbol. Select that down arrow and the arrow will turn up and you will see a list of all the communities within that state. Simply deselect each community by swiping the button to the left. Repeat this for all communities, in all states, that you do not wish to follow.
  6. Now that you have removed all the unwanted states, select the state, by selecting the down arrow, then community you wish to follow.
  7. Now, it is time to select your categories which is your areas of interest.
    1. First select the emergency category using the down arrow.
    2. Deselect any categories that you do not wish to follow.
    3. Once completed, click on the up arrow of the emergency category.
    4. Now, it is time to select your community categories Select the community category using the down arrow.
    5. Deselect any categories that you do not wish to follow.
    6. Once completed, click on the up arrow of the community category.
  8. Select Menu in the upper left corner.
  9. Select alerts.
  10. From this point, you will begin receiving notifications in those areas of interest that you just setup.
  11. Feel free to go to your other applications.
  12. This completes the setup

How to Plan for Emergencies and Evacuations

From: US Department of Labor OSHA

How does your municipality or workplace prepare and notify affected parties?

This is good info from OSHA.

Introduction

Nobody expects an emergency or disaster — especially one that affects them, their employees, and their business personally. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate your company when you least expect it.

This booklet is designed to help you, the employer, plan for that possibility. The best way to protect yourself, your workers, and your business is to expect the unexpected and develop a well-thoughtout emergency action plan to guide you when immediate action is necessary.

What is a workplace emergency?

A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or manmade and include the following:

  • Floods,
  • Hurricanes,
  • Tornadoes,
  • Fires,
  • Toxic gas releases,
  • Chemical spills,
  • Radiological accidents,
  • Explosions,
  • Civil disturbances, and
  • Workplace violence resulting in bodily harm and trauma.

How do you protect yourself, your employees, and your business?

The best way is to prepare to respond to an emergency before it happens. Few people can think clearly and logically in a crisis, so it is important to do so in advance, when you have time to be thorough.

Brainstorm the worst-case scenarios. Ask yourself what you would do if the worst happened. What if a fire broke out in your boiler room? Or a hurricane hit your building head-on? Or a train carrying hazardous waste derailed while passing your loading dock? Once you have identified potential emergencies, consider how they would affect you and your workers and how you would respond.

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If an emergency (flooding, tornado etc) or disaster does happen, Heads Up! Community can help with quick and accurate information notification.

Call us to learn more at 304-781-3410. Free demonstration is available.

Staying Safe on College Campuses: Here’s How

Do you remember your college days. So fun! New friends. Challenging chapter of life. Hanging out after class. Late night studies. And other late night ‘stuff’.

We also thought we were indestructible. Really untouchable. Fear for our lives never entered our thought process.

That is certainly not the case in today’s society and on today’s college campuses. Yes, there are still life-long friendships being fostered and classroom lectures that prepare us for the rest of our lives. But there is a certain sense of fear clouding campuses today.

How do you prepare? How do you stay as safe as possible?

Here are 5 good ways.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Know your campus. Study aerial maps. Take tours doing the day. Really know about as many buildings as you can. After you know your surroundings, stay aware of them. Keep music down on devices. Look around, a lot. Stay alert. Be aware of everybody around you; front & back.
  2. Walk in pairs or more. This goes for both male and female. Especially at night. If by yourself, ask campus security or police to walk you home.
  3. Trust your soul and follow your heart. If it feels strangely odd or just not right, avert the situation. Go another way. Turn around. Trust your feeling. It’s ok.
  4. Watch your drink. Again, guys or gals. Watch your drink being made. Hold it in your hands always. If drink, do so in moderation. Never take your eye off your drink. So folks may try to slip something in your drink. But if you are cognizant of your situation and stay vigilant, the likelihood is low.
  5. DOWNLOAD the Heads Up! Community app. If there was a situation or emergency on campus, you would be notified via your phone. As would campus security, college adminstration and even parents. It is a great tool for receiving information about stuff you want/need to know about.

Call Heads Up! Community to learn more.  304-781-3410.

Or just download it at your app store.