Hall County has a new way to directly communicate with thousands of businesses and residents within minutes of an emergency.
The new Everbridge system will alert subscribers to severe weather, fires, toxic environmental issues, violent crimes and other emergencies, county officials said Friday in a press release.
Alerts will comprise all communication methods: cellphones, land line phones, email, text messaging, fax and pagers.
Residents listed in Hall County’s 911 database will automatically receive alerts by land line, though anyone can register, provide additional contact information or opt out, officials said.
"We have a commitment to protect our citizens from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency in order to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment," Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said. "The Everbridge mass notification and interactive communication system ensures Hall County will be able to react quickly and efficiently to reach each individual in the case of an emergency."
Hall County also plans to use the alert system to notify residents of less important but relevant information, like road closures and water utility maintenance.