What is Citizen App? Do We Need It?
Citizen App is a free public safety app that connects you to the information you need to stay safe. With real-time alerts and access right on your phone, Citizen helps you address emergencies before they happen.
How can it help?
With millions of people in every city, not all emergencies are big enough to dominate the news or social media feeds. Citizen App provides critical information during these times and monitors ongoing incidents so that your emergency alert subscription remains relevant even if only one person is impacted.
What types of information can it provide?
Citizen App provides critical, accurate, and actionable information in the form of alerts, notifications, and updates and gives you access to safety resources like a national call center or a first responder dispatched to your location.
It aggregates and filters 911 broadcasts, independent news sources and verified social media to create short, factual alerts about incidents happening in your city.
Citizen alerts contain only the information you need to know, when you want to know it. Alerts are sent right to your phone or browser with no annoying notifications or distractions.
How does it work?
When someone creates an account, information about 911 calls and their location is collected automatically through location services. This helps Citizen detect where your calls are occurring so you can then be alerted right when something happens in that area. Citizen App also scans nearby emergency resources and alert you to their location. This allows you to use the most appropriate response resource in any given situation.
Why should I care?
With so many personal safety apps now available, it can be difficult to know which ones are worthwhile. Citizen uses real-time, crowd-sourcing technology to aggregate the latest and most relevant information about emergencies so you can be alerted when critical situations occur. Having Citizen app is like having the power of a first responder at your fingertips so you know when to take action. Visit this page for more information.
Find more information about the app on https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/citizen-public-safety-app-pushing-surveillance-boundaries-rcna1058