County of Kauai and Connect-CTY
In an effort to improve emergency communications, county officials announced today plans to implement Connect-CTY, a mass notification service from Blackboard Connect Inc.
With Connect-CTY, county officials will be able to create and rapidly disseminate voice messages regarding civil defense emergencies to thousands of residents, businesses and local agencies in minutes, through a single phone call.
This service will also allow officials to send text messages to cell phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), email accounts, and TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired.
Examples of civil defense emergencies include: tsunamis; hurricanes; earthquakes; flash floods; and any other situation that could impact the safety, property, or welfare of Kaua'i residents.
Publicly available primary residential and business phones on Kaua'i will automatically be included in the system. However, residents can opt in to provide their complete information, up to three phone numbers and two email addresses, and indicate if they have a TTY/TDD device.
A community-wide test call will be conducted on Friday, May 1, at 11:45 am to ensure that residents are aware of the Connect-CTY service and can provide their correct phone numbers and email addresses should they not receive the text message.