Milford makes the switch to Swift911 app

MILFORD — Switching to a free app called Swift911 could help save residents in the event of an emergency, Lt. Ed Huey of the Milford Police Department said.

The city previously used a “reverse 911” system called Code Red which sent notifications to users, regarding everything from emergencies to trash pickup changes.

“But, it sent too many notifications. It was a burden, not a relief,” he said. “Swift911 allows end users to let us know what they’re interested in. Water flushing, trash pickup, city election reminders, information and parks and recreations, whatever they are interested in.”

Users will also be added to the emergency system upon sign up, making their contact and emergency information accessible to first responders in case of a crisis.

The Swift911 app will even follow users through the use of GPS technology to continue offering notifications as they travel.

“So be careful with what you sign up for,” Lt. Huey chuckled. “For example, a weather watch setting will send you more notifications. Whereas signing up for warnings will let you know when a weather event has arrived.”

The switch to Swift911 is ultimately more efficient and useful for not only residents, but business owners and out-of-town relatives who want to keep up on local happenings.

“The big message to the public is that we’re not going to pollute your phone with messages you’re not interested. We want to send you notifications that you want to see, not inundate you with frustrating messages,” he said.

Interested users can find more information about Swift911 online at http://cityofmilford.com/292/swift911 or by searching for the app with the blue logo through a smartphone. Communications from Swift911 will be labeled as the city of Milford or the city of Milford Police Department.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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