The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is happy to announce the implementation of the AlertSense (company name) Public Alert Warning System. This will enhance public safety in two ways:
- First, once requested by a public safety entity, the service will automatically alert anyone with a cell phone or hardline phone within a defined area. For example, if there is a fire closing in on a populated area, I can call RiverCom and have them basically draw a polygon around the imperiled location. The software activates the cell towers in the area and sends a message to all cell phones regardless of the carrier. It also sends a message to all hardline phone. That data was populated using the white and yellow pages.
- Second, citizens can sign up to receive the alerts. This allows subscribers to receive the alerts even if they are not in the defined area. In this case, a homeowner would be able to receive the alert via cell and e-mail. The subscriber would be able to enter locations such as their home, a child’s school, or the home where aging parents live. Simply put, add all locations that matter to you. There is no cost and persons may sign up at: http://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionid=1183 One may also go to: http://www.douglascountysheriff.org/ and click on the AlertSense logo at the bottom of the page.
We will still use local media, and when appropriate, law enforcement personnel to alert community members of danger. This is just another layer of notification to keep the public informed.
This has taken us some time to plan and put into use. I am extremely grateful to my Undersheriff, Kevin Morris, my Emergency Management Specialist, Mike Dingle, and my Administrative Assistant, Tiffany Augustson for all their work on this project. I also appreciate all the support we were given by our board of county commissioners.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal