City and County Partner on New Alert System
Thanks to a partnership between the City of Pierre and the Hughes County Emergency Management Office, there’s a new way to receive emergency notifications.
People living in Pierre can now sign up to have emergency snow alerts, power outage information, and major public safety alerts sent directly to them via text message, email, or landline through AlertSense.
“AlertSense is a service we’re offering to our citizens at no cost,” said Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul. “We want to arm people with the best public safety information we can, as quickly as we can.”
Paul added that although pubic messaging is being enhanced, people must sign up to receive the notifications. During the sign-up process, people can choose to receive snow alerts or power outage information through email or text message. Significant public safety alerts can be received by email, text message, or landline.
“Snow alert and power outage information will be distributed as needed,” said Paul. “I don’t anticipate using the public safety alert piece frequently though. It might have been used during the 2011 flood to get messaging out, or if we had some sort of major evacuation situation at play.”
AlertSense uses geo-coding. That means the alerts are geographically targeted to message those who are directly impacted. Alerts are tied to the physical addresses entered on the AlertSense registration form. Aside from local emergency information, people who sign up with AlertSense, can also opt to receive geographically relevant alerts from the National Weather Service.
Participants have full control over their alert preferences and can change them at any time. These alerts are provided free of charge, however standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply.
Those interested in receiving the notifications should visit public.alertsense.com and register for the program.