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Fredericksburg will offer electronic alerts

Lots of people asked me during the winter blizzards whether Fredericksburg had any plans to offer e-mail or text alerts about emergency situations through a service similar to those offered by the University of Mary Washington and Stafford, King George and Caroline counties.

I spoke with Fire Chief Edwin Allen today, and the answer is yes. Stay tuned for details, as this service will likely roll out sometime this summer.

The city has received a $40,000 Homeland Security grant through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for this purpose. We’ll have more details in next week’s City & Spotsy Extra section, and in the months to come.

Update: The Fredericksburg City Schools also have an e-mail alert system for closings and other information. You can find that here.

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  • SkiBumMSP

    That would be nice. When I worked at Dahlgren, I’ve used the King George one. Since than, since I now work in Stafford, I use the one for Stafford. Would be nice to finally get one for Fredericksburg. Hopefully Spotsylvania will also setup something like that as well.

  • TPKeller

    Good news! It almost feels like someone is listening! :-)

  • Einstein

    Mass alerting and notification technology is very capable and available. I subscribe to Fairfax County CEAN alerts. I get alerts to my cell phone; home phone and email in cases of extreme weather or other emergencies. It is a valuable service that has many uses. Glad to hear the City is taking advantage of DHS funds to set one up.

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