Stay Informed with Vermont Alert
Vermonters have a new tool at their disposal to stay informed of pending disasters, weather conditions, public health notifications, and countless other alerts that could affect themselves or their loved ones.
Vermont Alert is a free service for users. It allows the public to sign up and receive notifications through a number of delivery systems, including text, e-mail, telephone or even a game console. Vermont Alert is hosted and maintained by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (VT DEMHS) and is available to all emergency response agencies in the state in order to allow for localized alerts. Users will create an account, then chose their local area and what types of alerts they wish to receive, as well as which delivery system they prefer. For example, you can set up traffic alerts for your route to work and be alerted of any traffic tie-ups directly to your smart phone via a phone call. Local fire departments can issue alerts encouraging you to stay clear of a fire scene. You can also receive weather advisories as they are issued from the National Weather Service.
“We have worked long and hard to bring Vermont Alert to fruition,” Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn said. “This provides not only the state, but local responders with another tool to mitigate the effects of disasters on Vermont and its citizenry, at no direct cost to those local response organizations.”
Vermont Alert is modeled after New York Alert, which has been in operation since 2006, and was designed by the state of New York. Vermont paid $58,000 for the system. Sign up for an account today by visiting vtalert.gov.