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Sign Up Now For Emergency Alerts

The York County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all York County residents to sign up for the South Central Alert system to help ensure they’re notified of emergency incidents in their area.

The South Central Alert system, sometimes called the “Everbridge System,” is used by emergency management agencies in eight south-central Pennsylvania counties, including York, that are members of the South Central Task Force. The Task Force is an emergency preparedness organization that collaborates and coordinates to support community preparedness and provide resources across county lines.

The Task Force developed the Alert system, which was used during the Hazmat incident Thursday in East Manchester Township, to notify residents and businesses of emergency situations and important alert messages by cell phone, home and work phones, by text message and e-mail.

It is primarily used for localized incidents to help ensure residents and businesses know what steps they should take to protect themselves, their families and employees.

Watch a video about the system by clicking here.

Many residents and business already have been added to the system from publicly available information in phone books. However, this listing only provides a single landline contact phone number. People with unlisted phone numbers, or those whose primary phone number is a cell phone or VoIP, must provide their contact information if they wish to receive these alerts.

Even those with landlines in the phone book should add their cell phones and alternative contact information to the system. This ensures they’re notified if away from their home or business when an incident occurs.

Residents of any of the eight counties in south-central Pennsylvania residents can sign up. York County residents can go here to sign up, or call (717) 840-2990.

“This system is the easiest and fastest way for residents of the community to ensure they know about incidents in their area,” said Mike Fetrow, director of the York County Office of Emergency Management. “It’s imperative everyone sign up. In an emergency situation, having information is vital to making proper decisions about what actions to take. “

The South Central Alert system is secure. Information provided by users is not shared with any third parties or is used in any way for commercial marketing purposes.

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Media Contact: Carl Lindquist, ycpio@yorkcountypa.gov

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