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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Mass alert system nearing launch

  • A new mass notification system in Phelps County is nearing its launch, and county residents who want to opt in to receive alerts — from a road closure to a missing child to severe weather — can begin registering.
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  • A new mass notification system in Phelps County is nearing its launch, and county residents who want to opt in to receive alerts — from a road closure to a missing child to severe weather — can begin registering.
    The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department is now using the Everbridge mass notification system and the City of Rolla will soon be using it as will several other governmental entities within the county.
    The alert system can be used to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents within Phelps County in minutes in the event of an emergency.
    With the Everbridge system, entities who participate will be able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and violent crimes in process.
    Messages, which may include life-saving emergency information and public service announcements, can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms — cellphone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager and more.
    Citizens listed in the 9-1-1 database or white or yellow pages will be automatically subscribed to alerts by landline, though any individual may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
    "We have a commitment to protect our citizens from any danger that threatens our community,” said Rolla Police Department Chief Mark Kearse. “The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency in order to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment, which is why we selected the Everbridge system.
    “The Everbridge mass notification and interactive communication system ensures the city will be able to react quickly and efficiently to reach each individual in the case of an emergency,” Kearse added.
    In addition to emergency alerts, residents may opt in to receive non-emergency situations to let them know about important city or county related events, such as meetings, closures for parades or street cleaning changes.
    Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including any landline phones, cellphones or email, that residents provide when they opt in.
    If people who don't confirm the receipt of the message, the system will try to reach their second contact number or email that they have provided. The system will continue trying to contact that individual until it receives a confirmation from him or her.
    Kearse said the success of this service relies on the residents, noting that having their latest contact information is the only way to ensure that they can be contacted in an emergency.
    To register to receive alerts, go online to https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387831861#/login
    If anyone has a problem opting into the Everbridge system, they may call the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department at 573-426-3860 and ask for Road Supervisor Mike Kirn or Capt. Rick Hope.
    Page 2 of 2 - People who don't have a computer and want to sign you up can go to the sheriff’s office, located at 500 W. Second St., Rolla, and someone there will assist them with the registration process.
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