The difference between ERGs and Alliances

Peacekeeper is built to be dynamic, evolving and adaptable. Maximizing the life saving impact the Peacekeeper tool can have in every life or property threatening situation is our primary focus.

This app needs to work for you when you demand it, and that means it has to be designed to send strong alerts to those that have the potential to respond immediately. That's why two different categories of responders were designed within the app: "ERGs" (Emergency Response Groups) and "Alliances". 

Emergency Response Groups

The first thing you need to know about your Emergency Response Group is there is a limit to the number of people you can have in it. Right now it's 12, but this number is subject to change. Along with your help and feedback, our goal is to find the optimum number of group members that will end up in your ERG, but our preliminary research has determined 12 people fit well within people's cognitive ability to work in specialized groups focused on helping one another without variables like the bystander effect getting too much in the way. 

The people in your ERG are likely going to be those closest to you that you are willing to trust with your life and property. We emphasize using caution when determining who these people will be. Choosing who is in your ERG is entirely in your hands, and, in our opinion, each person you select ought to be somebody you have a personal relationship with. Also, their proximity to your home ought to be at the top of your criteria checklist. 

We recommend reaching out to other persons living in your home and your nearest neighbors to fill your ERG slots. We feel these individuals will give you the greatest chances for success in a life or property threatening situation because of their proximity to you, and because you can prepare and train with them.  

The people in your ERG are those you work the best with and live nearest to your home. We'd like to highly encourage you to train for emergency scenarios, attend Peacekeeper Tribe Meetups, and develope lasting relationships that will bond your group together. Ultimately, when people care, they are more likely to respond swiftly when an alert is sent. 

Alliances

Your Alliances can be anyone and everyone. We didn't want to put a limit on the number of people that could potentially help you in a time of need. But we look at them a little differently than those in your ERG. These people may be a neighbor already in an ERG that you may not be in, on the next block over, or a family member a thousand miles away. 

If you're in an emergency, and it's important for someone to know about it, you ought to be in an Alliance with them so they can have up to the second updates on what's going on. It's a peer to peer system, so if anything happens with them, you will receive their alerts as well. 

How Alerts Work

In an emergency, you have a couple options. First, we always recommend you act accordingly to the situation to first ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you. Then you have to think about calling for help. Most people carry their smartphones around with them everywhere. So, in an emergency situation, where swift response is absolutely necessary, we encourage you to open your IOS or Android device, then open the Peacekeeper Emergency Response app and immediately tap the button that most describes your emergency.

Once the alert is initiated, the people you are Allied with and those that are in your ERG will all receive an urgent push notification and alarm. At that point, all of your Peacekeeper connections will equally have a call to respond to your emergency through the Peacekeeper system. If one of you rErG members or your Alliance can and is going to respond to your emergency, he will click "On it". Clicking the "On it" button gives everyone a quick visual reference of who is responding.

Once the alert receiver has clicked the alert in their notifications, it will bring them to an instant messaging screen where all messages sent from an Alliance or ERG member can be seen by everyone that received the alert (ERG members and Alliances of the sender). There, the alert sender, the responders, and everyone the alert was sent to will have communication with each other. All ERG members, alert senders and [only the alert senders'] Alliances (not Alliances of other ERG members) will have the ability to instantly communicate in the group alert chat box.

Finally, when the alert is sent, it doesn't differ between ERG or Alliance. They are equally urgent and look and act the same. 

The purpose of having two different categories of responders is twofold. 1. As mentioned above, right now there are only 12 members allowed in your ERG. We encourage you to work closely with your ERG team to train, learn new skills, and practice how to respond in each scenario as often as time will allow. 2. You can have as many Alliances as you wish. So, if someone is already in an ERG (Each Peacekeeper is allowed 1 ERG), then you can still ask them to be in your network. Having as many responders nearby will give you the greatest chance for a successful response. 

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In peace,

The Peacekeeper Team