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County to have new emergency notification system

June 28, 2018 GMT

Adams County soon will have a new emergency alert notification system, but local residents still need to opt in to be included.

As of Sunday, CodeRED will no longer be available in Adams County. Instead, Adams County has contracted with AlertSense.

Dawna Whitcomb, Adams County Emergency Management interim director, said all surrounding counties also have switched to AlertSense.

“So it’s just streamlined,” she said. “It would make more sense, obviously, to have the same company.”

In addition to the emergency notifications sent to participants’ phones, Whitcomb said AlertSense also has programs for 911 dispatch personnel to be able to map out locations.

“Besides just the public, we could use it, as well, as a tool for locating a lost person,” she said. “It has other capabilities, as well.”

AlertSense also represents a cost savings for Adams County.

Whitcomb said the county’s contract has an annual cost of $9,112.50, “which is substantially less than the other provider was.”

The service continues to be free for the public.

She said the best way for the public to sign up for AlertSense is to go to Adams County Emergency Management’s website, www.acema.org.

“It’s a pretty simple process,” she said.

Residents can download the free app for Android or Apple phones.

Another way to sign up is to text the desired zip code to 37801.

People wanting to opt in can also just call Whitcomb at 461-2360 and she’ll complete the signup process.

If Whitcomb is not in the office, leave a message. She will get back to the caller as soon as possible.

She said she’ll also visit Good Samaritan Village soon to talk to residents there about the switch.