Emergency alert system set up for Cincinnati, Hamilton County

Posted by Christi Reynard email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati and Hamilton County have a new Emergency Alert Notification System, that will  local officials to telephone, email, text, or page; geographically targeted notifications to businesses and residents within Hamilton County in the event of an emergency situation that requires immediate action.

"We are going to be able to communicate directly with citizens in emergency situations in a much more coordinated and strategic manner," Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said.  "The new system is a great example of using innovative technology to keep our community safe."

Citizens can register their preferred means of contact: home phone, cell phone, text message, email and fax.  Then in the event of an emergency, they'll receive notification.  People will still receive emergency notices through home phone numbers whether or not they sign up for the additional free services.

"This program allows us to quickly target and rapidly disseminate life saving notifications," said Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper.

An emergency notification could be made for things like a natural disaster, a man-made disaster, a missing child or a public safety emergency.  Citizens will be able to choose which communications method works best for them and their family.   This service can be canceled at any time.

"The Emergency Alert Notification System will modernize the way we stay in contact with our citizens during times of emergencies," said Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.

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