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Staunton Keeps Citizens Informed with New Alert System

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The city of Staunton has a new alert system on the way to help keep people informed about what's going on outside their front door.

The new Everbridge System will be for both emergency and non-emergency notifications.  It will alert people about severe weather, missing people, public health emergencies and more.

Nathan Simmons, who lives in Staunton, said, "The past several years we've had a lot of severe weather with the derecho storm and a tornado in Stuarts Draft area and with the more severe weather, I think this would be a wonderful idea to help warn local residents about these abnormal weather acts."

Those who live in Staunton can sign up to receive the alerts through a home phone, cellphone and even email.  Click here to sign up.

City of Staunton
Press Release

Staunton is now using the Everbridge system for citizen alerts to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents in the event of an emergency.  Everbridge is an industry-leading interactive communication and mass notification solutions provider that helps organizations save lives, manage critical activities and improve the efficiency of daily operations.

With the Everbridge system, Staunton will be able to alert residents about severe weather, street closures, toxic environmental issues and in process violent crimes. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms– cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager, and more – ensuring that residents and town/city staff receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes. In addition, the City plans to use the Everbridge system to notify residents about other important activities, such as road closures and water utility maintenance.

"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, which is why we selected the Everbridge system," said Scott Garber, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator. "The Everbridge mass notification and interactive communication system ensures the City will be able to react quickly and efficiently to reach each individual in the case of an emergency."

If a citizen does not have access to a computer, a help desk will be provided by the City on Friday, December 21, Wednesday, December 26, Thursday, December 27, and Friday, December 28 between 10 AM – 2:00 PM and 6:00 P.M.– 8:00 PM at the Staunton Public Library and the Booker T Washington Community Center.  This will take five minutes of your time to complete with our data entry staff so you can receive emergency and disaster notifications in a timely manner.  If a citizen lacks transportation to one of the help centers please call the Staunton Fire & Rescue Department at 540-332-3884 and their trained staff will take the contact information over the phone.

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