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When citizens need help from any number of public safety organizations, they can call 911. But when public safety organizations need help from citizens who can they call?
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)
Calgary has proven multiple times – floods, fires, big events – to exemplify "roll up your sleeves and get involved" volunteerism. That can-do attitude will be supercharged if citizens could be more quickly, efficiently, and relevantly alerted, rallied, and tasked according to their capabilities, availabilities, and proximities. Enhancing community capacity complements valuable first responder resources, fosters civic engagement, and boosts overall city resilience.
How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)
For the past five years Calgary-based national nonprofit Missing Children Society of Canada has pioneered and piloted a mobile rapid-response network developed and maintained by Calgary-based ResilienceTech company RallyEngine, which also powers the University of Calgary's campus safety system and the Town of High River's community capacity initiative. The expertise and technology already exists locally and now needs to be showcased nationally.
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