Osage County’s alerts system discontinued; citizens urged to sign up for new notifications

Osage County is now working with the communications company Everbridge to provide citizens, staff and emergency personnel with quick and reliable emergency notifications. The county’s public service announcements will now be issued through Everbridge, and the current system, IRIS, will no longer function after July 21, 2015.

The Everbridge system will offer alerts to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Anyone can register to receive the alerts at member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612434#

The emergency notification system will be used to provide alerts about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to those registered on their preferred contact paths, whether by cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, or fax.

“We have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response,” said Bryce Romine, Osage County emergency management director. “To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our citizens as quickly and reliably as possible. The Everbridge emergency notification system allows Osage County to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring our patrons have access to real-time public information when they need it the most.”

Citizens can sign up for the alerts at the above link or visit Osage County’s website at www.osageco.org and see the emergency management category.

For more information contact Romine at 785-828-3323 or [email protected].

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