New Orange County Alert System Reaches Geo-Areas in Times of Emergency
Orange County Residents Asked to Sign Up
Orange County, FL – With the introduction of Severe Weather Week 2017 and pending inclement weather, Orange County residents are being asked to sign up for the OCAlert system and input the requested geographical information and preferred method of contact at OCAlert.net.
The newly upgraded emergency notification system called “OCAlert” is an enhanced local alert system that allows emergency managers to push out what could be lifesaving information directly to targeted neighborhoods in the event of an emergency in the form of the user’s choice of either a text message, email or both.
In 2007, Orange County launched OCAlert, a then cutting-edge program which gave emergency managers the ability to warn citizens of emergencies by text message, email, Blackberry and pagers. In 2016, the OCAlert system underwent major upgrades that made it a part of the statewide AlertFlorida system. The enhancement brings significant improvement in capabilities, at a cost savings to taxpayers. Of the greatest improvements is that the system offers location based alerting. Emergency managers can send alerts to an entire county or just a neighborhood which is helpful in situations where a storm or emergency is in the direct pathway of a home, work, school, day care or any other address the user inputs.
To register, Orange County residents and visitors must go to OCAlert.net. There is no charge for the service, but residents may want to check with their provider to inquire about standard text message charges. For more information about all of Orange County’s services visit: www.ocfl.net/mobileapps.
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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.