“How could I know everything as it happened while watching TV but the victims within the event were left in the dark?!”
Global Crisis Awareness and the i11 app began in a factory in Eaton, Ohio. Frank Fent observed the chaos that occurred during active shooter drills at his work place. He watched the confusion in police communications and victims involved within the drill. He thought there had to be a better way.
Frank began to speak to his nephew, Scott Boots about the idea. The thought festered for a few years until Scott was volunteering at local elementary schools helping friends. While watching the news in Cincinnati, he heard a morning news break announcing a bomb threat in his school system. The news was bringing live updates with a news truck on the scene.
Later Scott heard the stories from his friends about not knowing what was happening in their school for the first hour of the crisis. This seemed wrong. “How could I know everything as it happened while watching TV but the victims within the event were left in the dark?!” One his friends broke down into tears in front of second graders fearing an active shooter situation and not knowing.
It seemed odd that the public alerted the government of a crisis, but then the government had no way to alert any and all citizens within that crisis. Especially since everyone has a computer in their pocket. We have Amber alerts, Weather alerts and Senior Alerts … but no active Crisis alerts.
Something had to change! We were determined to develop a real-time warning system for people within a crisis. Just give users the ability with information to respond.