WESTCHESTER COUNTY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO REGISTER FOR EMERGENCY UPDATES
NEW SYSTEM WILL SEND OUT INFORTMATION BY E-MAIL OR TEXT MESSAGE
The Westchester County Department of Emergency Services is now offering a new effort that would bring the public more into the loop during a large scale emergency by allowing the county to contact them directly.
These “news bulletins” would supplement the reports the county feeds to television, radio, and other sources. This is NOT a system that should replace business, individual or family emergency planning and other communication plans.
With individual e-mails, and phone numbers the county will have additional options on getting information out to the public. There will be an ability to communicate directly by way of also using the automated call system to contact people by cell or home phone.
People can sign up to be contacted by going to www.westchestergov.com and clicking on the emergency banner at the top of the page. All information will be kept confidential. The service is free. The service also includes non-profit groups and businesses, which are being mailed passwords and user IDs and directions on how to submit their emergency contact information.
In a major emergency, the Emergency Alert System will continue to be activated via broadcasts on both television and local radio stations and the public is encouraged, as always, to stay tuned to these local broadcasts for instructions and information.