Alert Montgomery: County’s New Emergency Alert System

Announced last week, Montgomery County has revamped its old alert system, known as Alert Montgomery, so that it can alert its residents of emergencies.

Coverage from gazette.net notes,

Montgomery is one of 18 jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C., region with alert systems. The largest system in the region, [Operations Chief of Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Chuck] Crisostomo said Alert Montgomery notifies about 210,000 residents to traffic and weather-related emergencies, school closings and other local emergencies via phone call, email, text message and now by mobile app.

“We have so much more capability to send alerts,” he said.

Not only can users download a mobile app for alerts, the county can send alerts through other jurisdictions’ systems, such as the City of Rockville or the City of Gaithersburg, he said. It also sends automatic weather alerts from the National Weather Service and users can specify times of the day or night when they would prefer to block notifications.

Much as before, the new system will still provide alerts for Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and users can choose which alerts to receive.

Those wanting to receive alerts can sign up through the county website www.montgomerycountymd.gov and clicking on “Alerts” at the top.

To read the full article, visit gazette.net.

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