Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Launches New Emergency Alert Program
by Deputy Cocha Heyden, Public Information Officer Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff David A. Weaver is pleased to announce that with the implementation of the new emergency notification system, citizens and businesses can sign up to receive critical alerts during emergencies.
On February 1, 2009, all agencies in Douglas County began using 3n InstaCom™ Citizen Alert, an emergency notification system provided by 3n Global, the leading global emergency notification system provider, to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents within minutes during an emergency.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and other emergencies using 3n InstaCom Citizen Alert. Messages can be sent to residents on any communication path desired – cell phone, home phone, email, text messaging, pager, PDA and more – ensuring that residents and County staff receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes. Citizens listed in the County’s 9-1-1 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, though any citizen may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
“We have a commitment to our citizens to protect them from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment, which is why we are rolling out 3n InstaCom Citizen Alert,” said Cory Friend, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Communications Manager. “The 3n emergency notification system ensures the three dispatch centers will be able to react accurately and efficiently in a natural disaster or other crisis.”
Cinta Putra, CEO of 3n, commented, “A robust emergency notification system is an essential tool for counties and cities that need to notify thousands of residents and businesses rapidly and efficiently during an emergency. 3n is proud to have been chosen by the Douglas County 9-1-1 Authority as a critical component of its emergency response plan.”
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the 9-1-1 Authority.
To sign up for emergency alerts use the Emergency Mass Notification Link on our website at www.dcsheriff.net.