Education commissioner encourages safety alert apps

February 16, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s education commissioner is encouraging schools to make use of apps or other platforms to improve communication between educators and families during emergencies.

One of the recommendations made by the governor’s School Safety Preparedness Taskforce in July was the creation of a system to alert parents, staff and others during emergencies. A New Hampshire company called Ping4 responded with a free app called S.A.F.E —Safety Alerts For Education, and set up accounts for all New Hampshire schools.

Commissioner Frank Edelblut says not all schools may decide to use the Ping4 platform because there are other products in the market, but he says it’s important that schools set up some kind of system and encourage parents to sign up.