Public Safety Communications
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. Citizens will need to sign up to receive any or all of the three warnings; Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood or Tornado.
This area has seen a change in recent weather patterns. Severe weather events have caused numerous deaths and injuries, in not so far away areas of the country. While we cannot change Mother Nature, we can be better prepared and better warned.
Sign up to receive these messages and sign up family members to be notified. There is no cost for this service other then individual cost for text messaging from your service provider.
The County of Frederick, in partnership with Twenty First Century Communications, Inc. has instituted a regional emergency notification system. This system will be used to notify homes and businesses with information when there is a threat to the health and safety of residents in Frederick County.
AlertFrederickCounty will enable the County to notify the community by selecting from predefined call lists or 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 communication channels are disabled.
It has the capability to send voice, email, text, and TTY/TDD messages to residents during emergencies using a combination of telephone database and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.
The system uses the region's 9-1-1 database, provided by the local telephone company, and is able to contact landline telephones whether listed or unlisted. If the call is picked up by an answering machine, the system will leave a message. If the telephone called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial that number up to five times in an attempt to deliver a message.
Because the system uses the 9-1-1 database, only landline phones are in the system. If you have a Voice over IP, (VoIP) or cellular telephone and would like to be notified over that device, or if you would like an email notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or email address for use by the system.
To register your VoIP, cellular telephone or email, please sign up with the "Register Now" button which will take you to the registration form:
Each number and/or email provided will be added to the regional database. It is important to note that each number and/or email registered can only be associated with one address. The telephone number you provide will be called only when the address it is associated with is impacted by a disaster or emergency.
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