Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fillmore County Residents Have Notification Options

Fillmore County residents currently have the opportunity to register for notifications about public safety, community information, severe weather alerts and emergencies through the Fillmore County Community Alert System.

Notifications can be received on your landline, cell phone, email and on Facebook.  Fillmore County Emergency Manager Jim Dunker is very positive about the new system, “The AlertSense notification system is a very versatile system in that it can provide more than just weather notifications.  Safety and event notifications can also be received.”

Public safety notifications that subscribers might receive include criminal activity, active shooter/intruder, imminent danger, hazardous materials issues, wildfire, floods, shelter in place and evacuation notifications.

The community event notification component includes notifications of road closures, snow emergencies, power outages, water main shut-offs, 911 outages or utility disruptions.  Many residents currently receive severe weather alerts but may not know that their location can be tailored and the severity of level of notification.

There are two ways that county residents may be included in these notifications.  First, they should go online to register their cell phone at http://public.alertsense.com/Signup/?regionid=1288  The second option is to download the free MyAlerts app available in stores online which allows you to sign  up for notifications from various locations. For example, if you take a camping trip in the county 20 miles away from your home you can change your location to the camping location so that you can receive any severe weather notifications while in the area.

Dunker emphasized. “Any shared information remains private and is only used to deliver subscribed emergency alerts and community notifications.”

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