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Location Based Emergency Notifications

The National Weather Service has pinged your phone with those “DANGER FLOOD WARNING” message one too many times. The same service that they use to let people in a specific area know when there’s an Amber Alert.

So why are colleges and universities so far behind the times?

Last month there was a drive-by shooting outside of Brooklyn College and CUNY sent out a generic text to all Brooklyn College students “stay inside, active shooter”.
But the texts were so vague that they didn’t even say they¬†were from Brooklyn College, simply “stay inside”.
People around the world, who may be current Brooklyn College students, got generic “shelter in place” notifications.

But why should the colleges still be on the text/email alert systems?

Shouldn’t they be able to place a beacon on the campus, which sends out a notification to people within a certain radius, stating “stay in place”?

Or even better, shouldn’t that be standard across America?
When there’s a shooter in Orlando or a car into a crowd in Times Square, there should be an alert within a mile of that site to stay away. And anyone outside that radius, who enters it, maybe their phone would pick up the signal and tell them to turn away.

We know the technology is there, we’ve seen it in action, and it needs to get implemented.

TLC Emergency Lights Education – #FixNYC

All Taxi & Limousine (TLC) cars in NYC have a little orange light on the front and back of the car, to alert the police if the driver is in trouble.

Original Image from LuxuryLoft.com

Original Image from LuxuryLoft.com

The driver can activate it using his leg, so that if he was being held hostage while driving, he can press it without the attacker noticing.
The problem with this location is that they often hit it by mistake, and don’t even know about it.

I’ve seen the light on multiple times, and have pulled up next to the car, looked inside to make sure nothing was wrong (the cars were always just the driver, no passengers), and told him about it, so he could turn it off.

But the bigger issue is that not enough people know about it, and what it does.
And those that do know about it clearly just don’t care about it.

I’m talking about other TLC cars just drive by the car without checking that they are alright…and if they want to fight as a single union against Uber, then show support for your fellow workers and make sure they are okay.

As for the NYPD, I’ve seen these TLC cars with their lights on drive past an NYPD cruiser, and the cop doesn’t pull him over, as they are supposed to do, but just ignores it.