Weather Alerts and More Now Available!
Citizens can receive messages about weather warnings within seconds from the time they are issued by the National Weather Service. Messages can be sent to cell phones, by text message or to home phones. This service is strictly opt in.
AlertFrederickCounty will be used to provide clear, concise and consistent information regarding events such as chemical spills, severe weather, evacuations, missing persons, terrorist attacks, or any other emergency.
On August 1, 2015 the Frederick County Department of Public Safety Communications will deploy a new emergency notification system. Still called AlertFrederickCounty, the new system is more user-friendly and offers a broader range of functionality.
After researching several systems, the County chose HyperReach, a state of the art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety. “Frederick County is committed to providing fast and efficient emergency response to its community,” said LeeAnna Pyles, Director of Public Safety Communications. “We firmly believe that the new AlertFrederickCounty system will support our efforts and ultimately help us preserve the safety and well-being of our residents.”
The system sends thousands of telephone calls, SMS text messages, and emails to geographically targeted households in seconds. A new feature sends broadcast messages to most current mobile telephones in an affected area. And Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a smartphone app that lets people monitor their home, office, and other addresses they care about.
AlertFrederickCounty will be used to provide clear, concise and consistent information regarding events such as chemical spills, severe weather, evacuations, missing persons, terrorist attacks, or any other emergency. The system will allow the county to notify a community or the entire county by identifying an area on a web-based GIS-mapping system. It can reach populations of all sizes with specific, up-to-the-minute messages on what actions to take in case of disaster, even when television, radio and other communications channels are disabled. The system will use the region's 9-1-1 database provided by local telephone companies, and will therefore be able to contact listed and unlisted land lines.
We strongly encourage all citizens to register their additional numbers and devices.
Residents who do not have internet access or need assistance with registration may call: 540-307-1700.