COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) — Coffee County Emergency Management Agency is now using the CivicReady System for Citizen Alerts to communicate with businesses and residents in minutes in the event of an emergency. CivicReady is an interactive communication and mass notification solutions provider that helps organizations save lives, manage critical activities and improve the efficiency of daily operations.
According to James Brown, Director for Coffee County EMA, the system is a welcome, and needed, addition. “With the CivicReady system, Coffee County will be able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and much more,” said Brown. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms– cell phone, landline, email, and text messaging – ensuring that residents and city/town staff receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes.
The CivicReady system is available for all Coffee County area residents. It is important that all residents enter their contact information in the self-registration portal so that they will be able to receive emergency alerts. All residents should register even if they have a landline, so they can add other forms of contact.
To register, visit al-coffeecounty.regroup.com/signup. Once an account is created, you will enter your contact methods and edit preferences. Also, you may register by simply texting “join 413917” to 30890. Registration is also available through the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page.
“Have everyone in your home who has their own phone create their own account,” said Brown. There are only a few sections of information you need to fill out, mainly contact information and profile. Under locations, you can list as many addresses as you would like notifications about. List your home, and businesses for sure, but you may also list your kid’s schools, your work location, or other family and friend’s addresses you want to receive notifications about.
Brown notes this new emergency tool is only as good as the information it has listed. “We need your help to build the information in the database. Your information is protected, and will never be given to anyone else, and will only be used to contact you during an emergency or with information that affects our local area,” he said.
Representatives from Emergency Management will be available to assist citizens and answer questions from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM this Saturday, September 9 at the Coffee County Emergency Preparedness Fair in Enterprise.
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