We are a group of computer scientists with families living in USA. None of us were directly affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, but we felt the impact at a profound level.This is the Information Age and we lost 300000 people because they were not alerted in time? Think about it.
In fact, it doesn't take a tsunami. There are many other instances in our day-to-day lives where a timely alert would be of great help to us and our families. Here are some examples that we identified in a survey on what families care the most about.
Health: High levels of bacteria detected in local lakes.
Health: Health expert comes up with some novel tips on dealing with obesity or asthma or flu.
Product Recalls: Govt. issues a recall on certain toys due to high levels of lead; or food with unannounced peanuts in them.
Weather: A thunderstorm is headed our way.
Earthquakes: A 5.2 quake occurred in California.
As humans and IT experts, we felt that it was our minimal duty to create a better alerting mechanism for the world.
To create a free, comprehensive alerting service for the world so that no one will ever miss a useful piece of information when it is most needed.
We hope that you also agree with us. You can support us by using the service, telling your friends about it, and reporting alert information to the site. We look forward to your active participation and feedback.