Union County enlisted the emergency notification service, AlertSense in 2015 in order to alert the public in the event of a natural disaster, public health threats, need for evacuation, events that pose a danger to the citizens of the county as well as any other urgent issues. The notification service allows emergency personnel to simultaneously alert the public of an emergency through multiple communication channels, including geo-targeted calls to residents, Wireless Emergency Alerts to all cell phone users including unregistered visitors in the impacted area, alerts to public subscribers through preferred contact paths and posts to Union County Emergency Services social media facebook page.
Notifications can be received by cell phone, land-line phone, email and/or text message. The opt-in notification system is free to all Union County residents and will allow community members to choose how they receive timely emergency notifications. Citizens are also able to sign up through a newly developed free mobile application called AlertSense My Alertsdisplayed with a red icon in your smart phone app store.
When registering, a selection can be made for severe weather related alerts that may be of concern such as air quality, winter storm warnings, floods and high winds. Other alerts may include Amber Alerts, hazardous materials, local area emergencies and evacuations. These alerts help with public safety and can warn citizens to be more aware of their surroundings if needed.
Registering your contact information will ensure accurate information is delivered in the manner you choose. All information provided is kept strictly confidential and will only be utilized for emergency notification purposes. To register, please visit the Union County website at www.union-county.org, Emergency Services department, and look for the link “Sign-up for Emergency Notifications”, or utilize the red AlertSense application in your smart phone app store.
For more information about AlertSense, contact the Union County Emergency Services Department at (541) 963-1009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.