On April 19, 2013, the residents of Watertown, Massachusetts, a town that borders Boston and is very similar in many respects to Abington Township, were asked to shelter in place as the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers focused on their community. The way that the word got out to the citizens was through a mass notification system called Everbridge. This same system was used successfully to send out millions of emergency notifications to people all over the East Coast during Hurricane Sandy the year before.

On July 1, 2015, a new state-of-the-art emergency notification system called Ready Montco, powered by the same Everbridge system used during the Boston Marathon manhunt, is going live in Montgomery County. This system will allow you to receive a variety of emergency, community and weather notifications generated from the Abington Township Emergency Management Office via text message, email and/or voice call to your mobile devices and land line phone. It will allow our Emergency Management Staff to push emergency notifications to all registered users in a matter of minutes, as well as to target notifications based on geographic location (such as snow emergency routes or areas prone to flooding) or a person’s special needs. Additionally, it will allow residents to relay important information back to the Emergency Operation Center. Please take a minute to register yourself and family members for this important service at: www.readymontco.org.

You can also download the Everbridge User app for your smartphone at the Apple and Android App stores which will allow you to manage your account more easily.

Please note: This system will replace the older Ready Notify system and the Special Needs Registry. If you previously registered to receive notifications from these systems, you will need to register again with the new system at www.readymontco.org.

If you have questions or need assistance with registering, please contact Tom McAneney in our Emergency Management Office at 267-536-1059 or tmcaneney@abington.org.

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