Gainesville Keeps Citizens Safe and Informed with New Alert System
Gainesville has launched a new alert system to keep residents, city staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with fast and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements. Gainesville partnered with Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts at www.alertGNV.org.
The Everbridge emergency notification system, known locally as alertGNV, will alert residents to a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods, hurricanes and other emergencies, to more routine announcements such as road closures and utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred method of contact – cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax and more – to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Residents listed in the city’s 911 database will automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, but alertGNV allows citizens to self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
Gainesville Regional Utilities' customers will be receiving a notice in their August/September bills asking for them to register for this service. Residents may go to www.alertGNV.org and follow the directions to sign-up and choose the notifications they want to receive and through what means.