(Press Release) Merced County, in conjunction the cities of Merced, Atwater, Los Banos, Livingston, Gustine, Dos Palos, emergency fire, law enforcement, health, and Emergency Medical Service agencies, have launched a new and improved emergency notification service allowing residents throughout the entire county to be alerted of an emergency or an important community alert in their area. The improved Merced County Emergency Notification System (ENS) will allow residents throughout the county alternate ways of being contacted during an emergency, such as cell phones, business phones, home phones, emails, text messages or hearing impaired receiving devices. More importantly, individuals can choose how they will be notified and in what preference order.
When an emergency message is issued about a potential safety hazard or concern, messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices registered in the system, including home
phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more.
Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers are already included in the system. Those residents having only a cell phone or wanting to be contacted through different methods can provide
the information using the registration link at www.co.merced.ca.us/alert. Residents may also update contact information, as needed. Additionally, participating city websites within Merced County will provide a link that will connect individuals to the Merced County Emergency Notification System via the Merced County website to update or enter new contact information. Through this process residents will also be able to prioritize the new or updated contact information as needed. Information submitted is confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.
“This system can make a difference and save lives by alerting people of emergencies or important community alerts in an efficient and timely manner,” explained Ed Banks, Deputy Director for Merced County Office of Emergency Services. “We encourage the citizens of Merced County to make themselves aware of the system and how to add and update their information. IF WE CAN’T REACH YOU…. WE CAN’T ALERT YOU!”
Merced County Libraries have been identified as alternate Citizen Sign-in locations; check local library hours of operations at http://www.co.merced.ca.us/libraryhours. Emergency notifications to the public will be processed through the respective city’s Emergency Operation Center or the Merced County Office of Emergency Services.