New Bush Fire Alert System for Aussie Schools

As the country heads into its peak bush fire season it is important to remember bush fires can occur at any time of year. Schools in bush fire regions are turning to mobile apps for their early alert system for parents.
Jan. 15, 2013 - PRLog -- Principal of Glenorie Public School, Lynette Pearce said “Our school must evacuate to our emergency meeting point before we notify parents or take any other actions. This can make notifying parents very difficult.”

Hundreds of schools across Australia are in the same situation, with many more in high risk areas even if they don’t have to evacuate first.

“At Glenorie Public School we have implemented a mobile app that enables us to instantly notify parents when we have been evacuated. This allows parents to pick up their children quickly and saves anxiety for everyone,” said Lynette.

Many government and private schools have implemented the custom mobile app from ‘Active School Apps’ for use in bush fire evacuation plans as well as for many other benefits such as; giving parents control over sending in electronic absentee notes, reading newsletters on their phone and generally making communication with parents easier.

The use of mobile technology in Australian schools is set to increase dramatically both in and out of the classroom. It is expected that Australian’s using smartphones will reach 62% by the end of January 2013.

Leigh Kostiainen, General Manager of ‘Active School Apps’ said the response to their apps has been dramatic.  “Late 2012 saw a few hundred early adopters implement a custom mobile app in their schools. While 2013 will see hundreds more acquire their own custom school app.”

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Technology can save lives and now it can alert parents to major event evacuations in their children’s school.
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