Jefferson, Fremont, Clark and Madison counties started a new emergency notification system Thursday.
The new system, Alert Sense, allows 911 dispatchers to quickly notify homes and businesses of a emergency by telephone, text and email.
In the event of a emergency, a dispatcher can identify an affected region of a county, and record a message describing the situation. The message will advise what actions need to be taken.
“We can actually sent a notification out to the public of a emergency, whether it be flooding, tornado, even if there’s a bad guy in the neighborhood,” said Jefferson County Deputy Mark Miller. “‘Lock your doors,’ ‘Keep a eye out,’ ‘Missing child’ – whatever kind of notification the public may need to have from us.”
You can join the Alert Sense system by going to your county’s website and clicking on the Alert Sense icon.