Alert Citrus: New emergency notification system
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is now working with Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, to keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements via "Alert Citrus".
As of Dec. 14, the Agency will begin using "Alert Citrus", as opposed to CodeRED, to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736725586#/signup.
Like CodeRED, "Alert Citrus" will notify residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to other announcements, like sexual predator notifications or crime-related information. Unlike CodeRED, however, messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact paths — cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, pager and more — to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information.
“We have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our residents as quickly and reliably as possible,” said Capt. David DeCarlo, Emergency Management Director. “The 'Alert Citru's emergency notification system allows us to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it the most. In addition to having more features, 'Alert Citrus' will save the Sheriff’s Office at least $35,000 per year.”
Click on this link https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736725586#/signup to register for "Alert Citrus". You can register cell phones, as well as sign up for email and/or text alerts. The service is completely free, and your information will not be shared with anyone. You can also visit our website at www.sheriffcitrus.org and click on the "Alert Citrus" registration button on the home page. Those without a computer can register by calling Summer Wyllie at 249-2705.
“It’s extremely important for everyone to register for this new notification system,” said Dennis Devoe, 911 Administrator. “Anyone who had previously registered for CodeRED will not be transferred over to 'Alert Citrus',” he said.