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Summit County residents and workers are encouraged to subscribe to community notifications at SCAlert.org
Contact: Adam Kisiel, Summit County Public Affairs Coordinator
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Emergency Management continues to use the Summit County Alert Community Notification System (SC Alert) to inform the public of all emergencies affecting the county, including wildfires through alerts via phone, text and/or email.
“As we continue to see longer wildfire seasons, we want to ensure that everyone is aware of all channels of communication we use to inform our community of emergency situations,” Summit County Emergency Management Director Brian Bovaird said. “We encourage everyone to ensure they’re subscribed to SC Alert as one of the many ways we are disseminating time-sensitive public information.”
Summit County residents who are not already signed up for SC Alert can do so on the Summit County website (www.SCAlert.org or www.SummitCountyCO.gov/1149). Local residents and workers who are already subscribed to SC Alert can visit the site to review their settings and confirm their contact preferences.
“Considering last summer’s Ptarmigan Fire and the high potential for another wildfire this summer, we are urging our community to take precautions, and be prepared,” said Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence. “We have been disseminating county wide communications covering personal preparation, evacuation kits, and home mitigation measures to help save your home from burning in the event of a nearby wildfire. We hope that community members will utilize these resources and register for SC Alert to ensure that they are wildfire ready.”
Local government agencies throughout Summit County use SC Alert to send community notifications by phone, email and text to keep community members informed of events such as evacuation notices, utility outages, public health emergencies, severe winter storms, wildfires and floods. SC Alert is also used to communicate non-life-safety information, such as planned road closures, utility repairs and service interruptions.
Users may add phone numbers, email addresses and text numbers into their SC Alert accounts, and the system is compatible with TDD/TTY devices for those with hearing impairments. Summit County encourages all current SC Alert users to log in to the system periodically to ensure their settings, preferences and contact information are up to date.
“SC Alert is a great tool for residents to receive critical public information, including info related to wildfires,” Bovaird said. “It is among the best ways we have to get in touch with you.”
To subscribe to SC Alert, or to manage your account, visit www.SCAlert.org or www.SummitCountyCO.gov/1149.