WARSAW – The city of Warsaw has launched a new alert system to keep residents and businesses better informed in a more timely manner.
Registration is necessary to receieve the alerts. Residents and businesses can register for alerts of their choice by visiting warsaw.in.gov/alerts.
Current alert categories include:
• Emergency alerts
• Road closure and restriction notices
• Trash route notices
• National Weather Service warnings
• Parks & Recreation event notices
• Warsaw Police Department press releases
• Wastewater Utility notices
Alerts may be received via text message, voice call, email, or a combination of the three methods. Subscribers may choose their preferred types of notifications per category during the registration process.
The city recommends residents add their physical address on Step 2 of the registration process. By doing so, it allows for more targeted messages about correct trash days and emergencies affecting their specific property, the news release said.
If an address is provided, trash route notices will be received for only that property’s trash day. Providing an address will also allow city officials to alert users with a home or business in a specific location of an emergency affecting their property or neighborhood. For example, in the event of a gas leak that affects only a small portion of the city, alerts may be sent to users with a registered address within several blocks of the identified leak.
After registering, each user will receive an email to validate their account and set a personal password. This allows each individual to make updates to their preferences or to register for additional categories in the future.
Residents and businesses are also strongly encouraged to download the free CivicReady AlertMe mobile app. This mobile app will allow for alerts to be sent to users currently located in a specific area based on their phone GPS location, rather than the address registered to their account. This will provide timely safety or emergency alerts to individuals who are at their jobs, out shopping and dining, or other times they are away from home.
“We are eager to roll out this alert system because it will change how quickly and efficiently the City can communicate with residents in the greater Warsaw community about a number of things, including emergencies and day to day information,” said Staci Young, assistant to Mayor Joe Thallemer.