Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the critical communication and collaboration platform that customers count on when it matters the most has announced Morris County, in New Jersey and Blair County, in Pennsylvania, are among the latest counties to leverage the company’s Vaccine Distribution Solution to identify and communicate with vulnerable populations, deliver tailored guidance and logistical information, and conduct ongoing check-ins to ensure the success of vaccine rollout. Vaccine Distribution Solution As vaccination efforts continue, public agencies need efficient communication systems that help them understand who is most at risk and target updates and clear instructions to groups of residents. For those communications to be effective, it is critical that public health safety personnel tasked with vaccine distribution can effectively reach residents via different modes of communication that they rely on the most, whether that’s text, phone, or email. Morris County has utilized its Rave notification system for various communications Morris County has utilized its Rave notification system for various communications, since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This information included communications to the county’s first responders, leadership, and other partners with critical COVID-19 related notifications, weather notifications, and vaccination appointment availability notifications provided. Smart911 Safety Profiles Additionally, Morris County is urging residents to create Smart911 Safety Profiles, where they can sign up for alerts and notifications through Morris County’s alert system, ‘AlertMorris’. By creating a Smart911 profile, residents can provide critical information, including pre-existing medical conditions, which can, in turn, be provided to first responders, in the event of an emergency. Signing up for this alert system allows the Morris County Office of Emergency Management to proactively identify and communicate with individuals, who become eligible for the vaccine based on pre-existing conditions and individuals can then be notified by their partner, Atlantic Health System, when vaccination appointments are available. Partnership with Atlantic Health System “We are working on a joint plan with Atlantic Health System to communicate with all of our Morris County residents and get them signed up for alerts to schedule vaccine appointments,” said Jeffrey Paul, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Morris County Dept. of Law & Public Safety. Jeffrey Paul adds, “In addition, the significant benefit of registering with Smart911 goes way beyond vaccine scheduling. A Smart911 profile can make the difference between life and death, when you dial 9-1-1 and your safety profile becomes visible to our Morris County 9-1-1 Communications Center and ultimately to the first responders who are responding to your aid.” Catering to public health and safety issues This system has already saved lives, and we highly encourage Morris County residents to sign up for Smart911" “This system has already saved lives, and we highly encourage Morris County residents to sign up for Smart911, which can be done easily and at no cost,” said Morris County Commissioner, Doug Cabana, a liaison to public health and safety issues. Doug Cabana adds, “We know this system can make a difference in the lives of everyone in Morris County. Please join us by signing up.” Blair County has also urged residents to create Smart911 Safety Profiles to aid in vaccination distribution efforts. Effective vaccination drive “Our priority is to get as many of our residents vaccinated as quickly as possible. To accomplish that, we need to understand how our population fits into the phases of rollout and be able to contact them about vaccine appointment opportunities,” said Mark Taylor, Director of Public Safety at Blair County Department of Emergency Services. Mark Taylor adds, “With Rave, we’ve experienced great results not only getting residents scheduled for vaccine appointments, but also providing first responders with health information, like conditions that make individuals vulnerable to COVID-19, that enable them to better help individuals in emergency situations.” Rave Mobile Safety platform Hospitals have also turned to Rave to ensure doses of the vaccine are administered as soon as possible. Dayton Children’s Hospital in Ohio is using Rave to notify and remind staff of their second dose appointments, which are critical to ensuring the efficacy of the vaccine. Rave’s Vaccine Distribution Solution aids health and public service agencies that are overseeing vaccine distribution by: Surfacing vulnerable and at-risk populations based on demographics including age, all high-risk medical conditions as outlined by the CDC (The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), functional and access needs, disabilities, employment status, geographic location, and more throughout all phases of vaccine distribution, with the ability for that data to be leveraged by several key stakeholders, including public health and emergency management officials. Delivering mass notifications and targeted communications to reach the right people with the right message, share tailored guidance and logistical information to inform the community, and build confidence and trust through ongoing community engagement, outreach, and education. Continuously monitoring and querying the community to track symptoms, receive updates on any side effects, follow up to schedule second doses, and poll residents for community feedback. Critical data sharing and emergency response coordination From major disasters and crisis events to everyday emergencies and operational incidents, the Rave platform enables critical data sharing, mass notification, and emergency response coordination for a wide range of rescue and emergency agencies. Over 8,000 first responder, emergency management, 911 dispatch, along with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as private and joint corporations, healthcare organizations, universities, and schools, rely on the Rave platform to prepare better, respond faster, recover quicker and effectively mitigate anticipated critical incidents.