Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Spotsy’s alert system will be active on Monday (Jan. 31). You can sign up now to have alerts sent to your email, Blackberry, smartphone or pager. On the site, click on “new user” to create an account. I just created my own account, and test messages to my phone and email have gone through. I also just received an alert via text and email about the winter storm warning, so apparently the system is already sending out some messages.
This system should allow the county to send out timely messages in urgent situations. You can sign up for alerts on Amber alerts, school closings, hydrant flushings, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, severe weather and more.
The system cost $100,000; half of the money came from a the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s State Homeland Security Grant Program; $40,000 from the Virginia Operations Plan Exercise funds; and $10,000 from the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
This will not replace the county’s reverse 911 system, which works only with land-line phones. This alert system is similar to programs already in Stafford, King George, Culpeper, Caroline, Colonial Beach and Fredericksburg.
For details, visit spotsyalert.com.