18th CEG updates military housing notifications system

by Airman Zackary A. Henry
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 18th Civil Engineer Group has just launched a new AtHoc Mass Notification system for the military family housing residents of Okinawa, Japan.

The current system for notifying residents of issues or upcoming maintenance relied on spending hundreds of man hours going door-to-door posting notices, or creating posts on social media such as Kadena's Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/KadenaAirBase.

The new notification system will save countless hours that will be better spent fixing the issues. Also, with the current system's method of alerting the masses, it tends to make people overlook the notices because they see them so often and they don't always pertain to the individual.

"Military family housing currently does not have a mass notification system for residents," said Senior Master Sgt. Todd Reeve, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron operations superintendent. "To ensure timely notifications, as well as streamlined processes, this initiative will provide a mass notification system capability that integrates and supports multiple channels and simultaneous notifications from applicable Civil Engineer functions."

This new system will allow 18th CEG to send notifications to the residents that are going to be affected instead of sending it out to every single person.

"One of the biggest concerns we have is housing residents not registering," said Senior Master Sgt. Damien Seals, 718th CES superintendent. "We need them to go in and register. Without that registration, after Aug. 1st, they will no longer be notified. With the exception of construction projects we will no longer be doing door-to-door services."

To register for the new AtHoc notification system, go to https://alerts7.athoc.com/SelfService/2324022. Then click "Sign up here" and register your new account.

After registering, the AtHoc application is available on the Google play store and the Apple App Store. The registered email is required so the application knows which notifications need to be sent to you. The organization code for housing on Okinawa is, "KadenaH" without the quotations.

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