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The Times
  • Everbridge system to provide emergency alerts to county residents

  • A California-based company will provide emergency and incident notification alerts to Herkimer County residents sent by the county’s E911 Center.

    The legislature last week entered into a two-year, $45,701.51 contract with Everbridge to replace the county’s old, antiquated notification system which is no longer in operation.

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  • A California-based company will provide emergency and incident notification alerts to Herkimer County residents sent by the county’s E911 Center.
    The legislature last week entered into a two-year, $45,701.51 contract with Everbridge to replace the county’s old, antiquated notificiation system which is no longer in operation.
    Herkimer County Director of Emergency Services Robert Vandawalker said the Everbridge system will alert residents via a recorded telephone message, announcing severe weather, power outages, a crime in progress or other incidents. He also said the system will be purchased under state contract and will be fully funded through a 2011 State Homeland Security Program Homeland Security Grant.
    “When they register with the system, individuals will be able to sign up for personalized alerts such as weather- or flooding-related alerts, and they will also be able to sign up for how they want to receive their alerts, whether through email, text or telephone call,” said Vandawalker.
    He added municipalities and school districts will be able to utilize the Everbridge system, which has the ability to send notifications to smaller subsets within the system such as the county legislature.
    “If individuals do not confirm receipt of a notification, the system will try to reach them through a second contact number, email or text. The system will continue to try to contact the person until it receives a confirmation they received the notification that was sent out,” said Vandawalker.
    He said the contact information residents provide when they register to receive alerts from the Everbridge system will be protected and will not be used for any other purpose.
    He also said the county will continue to use the system as long as funding is available.
    A public relations campaign will be launched in the coming weeks to notify residents where and when they will be able to register to receive alerts through the Everbridge system.
    In other business last week, the legislature unanimously passed a resolution requesting its assemblymen, assemblywoman and senators introduce in the state Legislature bills to expand the residency requirements for the position of Herkimer County Public Health director to permit the position to be filled with an employee who resides in Herkimer County or an adjoining county.
    The resolution that was passed states a potential candidate for the county’s vacant Public Health director position resides in an adjoining county and legislation amending state law to allow a person holding the office of Public Health director for the county to reside in Herkimer County or an adjoining county is required to enable such a candidate to be appointed to the position.
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