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Sign-Up For Emergency Alerts with AlertSense™

A heavy rain brought some light flooding in Crouch in 2013. Photo by Janet Juroch

Across the county there can be significant emergencies that may impact your family or where you live. A simple sign-up process on the Boise County website will then allow for delivery of alerts via phone voice message, text or email based on preferences.  There are provisions for home phone, work phone and cell phones. The AlertSense™ system provides these alerts free of charge.

AlertSense™ allows users to receive automated messages relating to certain emergency events or disasters, including any upgrades, downgrades or modifications. These are targeted alerts specifically for the affected areas using the address given in the sign-up process. Privacy of all information used in the sign-up process is in agreement of the Terms and Conditions.

This system is a reverse 911 operation. AlertSense™ is used nationwide and considered state of the art by being more accurate and precise. The system has been around for decades.

AlertSense™ Sign-Up Will Provide Emergency Alerts to Residents

Lowman residents have seen how the system works when they had potential for flooding from effects of the Pioneer Fire this past summer. Heavy rain was in the forecast and residents needed to be prepared if flooding were to occur. These advanced warnings of life threatening events and emergencies were well received from Lowman residents.

Weather alerts are most common. When signing up, there are boxes that can be checked for the alerts that may be of concern to the public such as air stagnation, avalanche warnings, blizzards, floods, and severe weather situations.

Other alerts may include Amber Alerts, hazardous and local area emergencies, evacuations and crime/imminent danger warnings. These alerts help with public safety and can prepare people to be especially aware of their surroundings if needed.

The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents or just a specific area. Emergency Alerts could be related to certain hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation orders, shelter places, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity.

Some residents may remember the emergency alert sign-up under the name Code Red. Residents will need to re-enroll on the Boise County website even if they were signed up on the other system.  Then modifications can be made easily if phone changes or there is an address change. What is important is the address so that the alerts can be focused geographically. This eliminates alerts going to areas that will not be impacted.

How to Sign Up: The enrollment is simple and does not take a lot of time. Log onto the Boise County website at http://www.boisecounty.us and click on the Sheriff link on the left side. Or you can go directly to the sheriff page at http://www.boisecounty.us/Sheriff.aspx   That is where you will see the AlertSense™ link.  No computer at home? Sign-up is still possible at the local libraries where they can help patrons get signed up.  It only takes a minute and the system is able to provide a valuable service.

Written by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff Writer

Notes from the Reporter: The sign-up was so easy and I started getting a couple of weather alerts for my area this past week already.