• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

County now uses Simplicity mobile app to connect residents with real-time information and events

ByCindy J. Daddario

Mar 29, 2022

Redwood Town — San Mateo County has adopted the Simplicity app, a new mobile communication channel that connects directly with residents by delivering announcements and important events directly to the user’s phone.

The free app does not require residents to create an account to receive updates from San Mateo County and their participating city of residence. Users simply download the Simplicity app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store, choose their city of residence, notification preferences, and various topics including health updates, safety information public, schools and upcoming local events.

“It’s great that San Mateo County has one more tool to reach our residents with important news, events, and even emergency alerts. I encourage all county residents to sign up through their city of residence and to follow the county so that we can all be better connected through a trusted channel,” said County Manager Mike Callagy.

The Simplicity app was first used by cities in the Bay Area last year, based on a partnership with Menlo Park in which the city adopted the app to improve its direct communication with residents . Other towns in San Mateo County followed, including Burlingame, Colma, Foster City, Hillsborough, Atherton and East Palo Alto.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see how residents bond and grow stronger just by being timely updated on what’s happening in their communities,” said Simplicity co-founder Juraj Gago.

Upcoming Simplicity features include Spanish translation, a pet directory, and community funds. Using the Pet Directory, for example, residents can upload the names and photos of their animal companions and notify the community if they are lost or if they find someone else’s lost pet.

Download the app at https://simplicité.app.link/smc