Baldwin County offers new emergency mass notification system
The Baldwin County Alert System is similar to the mass notification system college campuses use. When a notification is issued, subscribers will receive a message on their home, mobile or business phones. Residents can choose to receive emails or texts as well. Notifications can range from weather alerts and traffic accidents to fires and crime related incidents.
“They can build a profile and go in and select the type of information they want to receive,” said Baldwin County Fire Chief Troy Reynolds.
This is just one of the many useful features in Baldwin County’s new system.
“We don’t have warning sirens throughout the county and with the technology today, this is a better system for getting information to people,” said Reynolds.
Once a resident signs up, they can pick how they want to get alerts. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office’s 911 Center will be running sending out the notifications.
“We could have a missing child. We could have an Alzheimer’s patient walk off. What we’re really excited about is not only can we give information to the public, but they can also respond to us,” said Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee.
Sheriff Massee hopes people will help the 911 Center when an alert is sent out.
“We look at this as us being more involved in the community and them also being involved with us,” said Sheriff Massee.
Once you sign up to get notifications, you can download a free app for you phone to see alerts.
“The app is used more for sending messages back to the system,” explained Reynolds.
Reynolds said the app can also help east residents’ minds when they’re not in the area.
“This information will be instant. They can receive information from different areas. If they’re out of town, they’ll know something is going on at their home or business,” explained Reynolds.
Commissioners and federal grants paid for this year’s $17,000 subscription. Emergency Management’s budget will be altered to cover the fee in the future. To sign up for the system click here and use the ‘sign up’ tab just below the banner on the right side. Subscribers must have a valid email address.