The city’s iALERT notification system provides residents with critical information during emergencies or critical situations. It allows public safety officials to notify some or all of the city’s population about gas leaks, boil water notices, power outages, crime alerts or other high-priority events.

Residents can specify what areas of the city they want to receive information about by adding addresses such as their home, schools or daycare centers for children, nursing homes of elderly relatives or job locations.

“The service is completely customizable,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Jason Carriere. “Residents can pick and choose what areas they want to be notified about. It’s within their power to sign up and receive up-to-the-minute information to keep their families safe during an emergency.”

The application contacts any communication device added by a resident including mobile phones, landlines, smartphones, email, SMS and instant messaging in the order specified by a user’s account.

Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers have already been included in the system. However, they are encouraged to use the registration link to include additional ways to be contacted such as cell phone numbers or email addresses. All information provided will be kept confidential. The system was purchased as part of a Homeland Security Grant received by the city. For more information, call (972) 721-2100.Posted March 24

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