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New Our High River app facilitates outstanding success for the Mystery on Mainstreet event

Our High River (OHR) is a community group in the Town of High River, aiming to foster community engagement by providing spaces for citizens to work on projects, supplying resources and tools to help move ideas to action, and encouraging new innovations. Latest Innovations On October 24th, OHR announced the launch of their new mobile app (available on Android and …

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New app for students, faculty and staff promotes safety at Olds College

Award-winning Alberta-based technology powers the OC Emergency mobile alerting app for smart, safe campuses Calgary, AB: Students, faculty, and staff returning to Olds College’s campuses this fall have a new tool to stay informed and stay safe. The Olds and Calgary, AB based college has launched OC Emergency, a mobile smartphone app which provides users with quick, mobile access to …

RallyEngine and University of Calgary sign strategic partnership, establish scholarship for public safety innovation

Agreement solidifies the Calgary-based technology powering the UC Emergency mobile alerting app for smart, safe campuses Calgary, AB: Mindful of U.S. school shootings and international cyber-hacking, the University of Calgary and RallyEngine Inc. have teamed up to advance a made-in-Calgary solution for alerting groups, rallying teams, and informing communities in crisis situations. The agreement, facilitated by Innovate Calgary, secures for …

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How Campuses Can Market Alerting Apps to Students

This guest post is written by Nicole Enns, a third-year student at the University of Calgary. Deploying a mobile alerting system is one thing, promoting it and getting students engaged is a whole other challenge. When first introducing a mobile alerting app there are two major obstacles to overcome: lack of awareness and apathy. Lack of awareness is a major …

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Mobile and the Space Between Public and Private Alerts

Last week RallyEngine was pleased to attend the first annual National Public Alerting Summit in Edmonton. Organized by CATAAlliance, nearly 100 Canadian and International thought leaders converged to discuss the latest developments in emergency alerting. Collaboration and the sharing of best practices are of course vital to achieving success in such a critical and often complex field.

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The Single Most Important Thing We Can Learn from the Ottawa Lockdown

Last Wednesday’s events in Ottawa – the deadly shooting of a soldier at the War Memorial, the violent showdown with the shooter inside Centre Block of Canada’s Parliament, and the all-day manhunt around the hotel, shopping centre, and area surrounding Parliament Hill – put a spotlight on everything from national security, international politics, and mental health to public safety protocols, …

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How Improv Principles and Startup Culture Reshape Crisis Communications

Back in May RallyEngine’s Marketing Director Steve Hardy and MCSC Executive Director Amanda Pick co-presented Herding Cats, Finding Kids, and Rallying Dispersed Teams in a Crisis to a lovely audience at CPRS’s annual Ascend Summit in beautiful Banff, Alberta. Steve’s part riffed on insights gleaned from this Ipsos study of the Calgary Flood in which the importance of emergent and ad hoc teams …

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Why You Don’t Need a Mass, Social, or Command Centre Alerting System

It’s generally recognized these days that there are better, more efficient, and more targeted ways to alert and inform dispersed people (colleagues, employees, executives, volunteers, partners, etc.) than with mass email blasts, manual call-trees, or public blog posts. Messages, particularly regarding sensitive or crisis situations, can and should be sent privately, smartly, and to only those to which they’re relevant. …