July 23, 2016

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Medina begins new emergency-alert system

MEDINA — The city is rolling out a new emergency notification system to better alert residents of fires, toxic environmental issues, missing people, utility outages, boil alerts and other emergencies.

The Everbridge Aware for Citizen Alerts system allows messages to be sent to residents with various communications methods — cell phones, home phones, email, text messaging, fax, pager, PDA and more — ensuring that residents and county staff receive emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes.

Citizens and businesses listed in the city’s white pages directory that have landline phones automatically will be subscribed to alerts by phone. Residents and businesses may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.

“Medina is working to protect our citizens from danger that can threaten our community,” Mayor Dennis Hanwell said. “The ability to reach as many residents as possible using multiple tools during an emergency to warn them and provide guidance is our goal as community partners. Everbridge Aware for Citizen Alerts is one of those tools.

“The Everbridge emergency notification system is another way to be able to assist residents on how to react accurately and efficiently in a natural disaster or other crisis,” he added.

To sign up for emergency alerts, visit www.medinaoh.org and click on “One Call Reaches All” on the right side of the home page. Once in the system, click on “Sign Up for Alerts” and follow the directions.

Those who are unable to sign up online can call the Medina Police Department at (330) 725-7777 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and sign up over the phone.

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