I was reminded recently about a program I signed up for with St. Charles County that is a great service for the community. It’s called SCCMO AlertMe, and it’s free to anyone who wants to subscribe.
AlertMe is a mass notification system that simultaneously broadcasts real-time alerts and information to large numbers of individuals. The primary function of mass notification systems is to quickly alert people to potential threats or emergency situations and direct them how to respond to those situations.
A recent alert was about a missing person reported to the County Police Department, but subscribers also have received them for County Highway road construction and closures. They can sign up to receive notifications from Emergency Management and Public Health as well.
Citizen safety is a top concern of your government officials, and we want to make certain you can be alerted to potential dangers or construction delays. That’s why we started the program with Everbridge, one of the leaders in mass notification systems.
The Everbridge system has other capabilities as well. For instance, the County was able to utilize the system during the COVID-19 pandemic by using it to register residents who wanted to know about vaccine availability, and to remind them of their scheduled appointments. It is also used to advise employees about building closures during inclement weather, and other emergency messages that need to reach employees quickly.
I encourage you to sign up if you haven’t already. As I said, it’s free, and it’s easy! For more information or to register, visit sccmo.org/AlertMe.