Daviess County Emergency Management and the Parks & Recreation Department have announced a new public safety product for the residents of Owensboro and Daviess County.

Ping4 Alerts is a localized mobile alert platform which will be available at no cost to every resident in Owensboro and Daviess County.

These are alerts that can be sent exclusively to citizens in a very specific geographical area.

These areas can range widely in size from a parking lot to something as large as an entire continent.

Ping4 will, at no time, demand any personally identifiable information like phone numbers, email addresses, or physical addresses.

The alerts will include custom audio, image attachments, video, and web links, if necessary.

Citizens will then be able to respond anonymously to the alerting authority.

Plus, it will use less than 2% of your mobile device battery per hour.

Some of the uses for Ping4 Alerts will include weather notifications, hazardous material releases (these would entail evacuation routes and shelter in-place procedures), train derailments, escapees, vehicular accidents, fires, road closures, Amber alerts, active shooter, bomb threats, walk-aways, etc.

Anything that could be perceived as dangerous or life-threatening.

But the Ping4 Alerts will also be used to notify us about special events like ROMP, the Barbecue Festival, Big O Music Fest, parks & rec events, and so on.

It's a great service for our residents. I, for one, will not hesitate to download this app.