TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division launched a new Emergency Notification System entitled AlertLake this week. The new notification system allows residents to receive emergency information by telephone, cell phone or e-mail for things such as severe weather, missing persons, hazardous materials spills, law enforcement advisories and wildfires.
“AlertLake will give the County an opportunity to provide safety and preparedness information to citizens during emergency events by phone or e-mail,” said Jerry Smith, Lake County’s Emergency Management Director. “The intent of the system is to provide residents with another means of receiving vital life-safety information, in addition to those received by a NOAA weather radio or local news media.”
The system uses the landline telephone information housed within the emergency 911 database to distribute emergency information. For residents that might not have a landline telephone, they will now be able to register their cellular and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phones, as well as e-mail address through the County’s website at www.lakecountyfl.gov to receive notifications. AlertLake also has accommodations for disseminating information in 27 different languages.
Funded entirely by Federal and state grants, the system will cost roughly $130,000 for a five year contract, and has the capabilities of sending hundreds of thousands of notifications at once. There are also built-in redundancies with off-site servers being hosted in Melbourne and Atlanta.
For more information about AlertLake, or if you don’t have access to a computer, but would like to be registered, contact the Lake County Emergency Management Division at (352) 343-9420, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov keyword: “emergency”.