A web-based emergency tool that stores and shares information about public and private institutions, took out the Citizenship Solution of the Year award at Microsoft’s recent partner awards.
Developed by Wellington company Information Power, Readynet assembles, stores and shares emergency management information about schools, rest homes, hotels/motels, work places and neighbourhood support groups.
Readynet information includes details of special needs persons at the site or in the group, risk analysis, after-hours contact details, evacuation locations and service providers for the site.
Managing director Shane Wood says Readynet has been tested by the national police department.
“Readynet information is shared with police 111 call centres and the emergency operations centres of participating councils. Ambulance 111 call centres will have Readynet data available shortly. Hutt City was the pilot site and the first local body council customer of Readynet.”
According to Wood, Readynet has already been used in the Hutt Valley.
“We had a scenario when a fire involving a reported 500 kilos of chlorine pellets sent a cloud of hazardous smoke up the eastern side of the Hutt Valley. Five schools and many other sites were affected. Pupils were recalled to class and all windows closed. The district medical officer used Readynet to urgently alert all schools, rest homes and other sites advising of the potential harm to medically vulnerable people. At least four people required treatment at Hutt hospital following the event.”
Readynet has been endorsed by the New Zealand School Trustees Association and Local Government Online. Neighbourhood Support has adopted Readynet as its national membership and communications system.
The win was a testament to all the hard work done by the staff on Readynet, says Wood.
“At the awards night it was quite exciting sitting there listening to the finalists and then getting called up. It was a good chance for me to socialise with the team from Microsoft and I came across some new companies in the exhibition area that I hadn’t heard of.”
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