Spring and summer in Nebraska means severe weather season, and thanks to modern technology area citizens can be notified of severe conditions anytime, anywhere.
In the past the Code Red warning system has been used by the North Platte/Lincoln County 911 Center, which provides dispatching for the Gothenburg area. However, beginning June 1 the 911 Center is changing emergency notification providers and will now be using Rave Alert.
Rave Alert is powered by Smart911, and is an addition to the service already provided by the 911 Center. There is no cost for the service and it is entirely private. Citizens do, however, need a Smart911 account to opt-in to emergency warnings.
Those who already have a Smart911 account will simply need to update their preferences in order to begin receiving alerts. These alerts are the official emergency notification system used by the North Platte 911 Center to communicate with Lincoln County and Gothenburg residents during emergencies.
Along with providing emergency notifications, Smart911 also enables households to enter vital personal and medical information response teams may need to have in the event of an emergency.
Users will be given a variety of options to choose from for receiving alerts from the 911 Center—they can choose to be notified by text, email and/or voice message. Users will also indicate what types of alerts they want to receive, including weather, snow emergencies, community emergencies and more. When setting up the individual account the user will add their address to receive alerts specific to their area.
Gothenburg Police Chief Randy Olson encourages anyone who does not yet have a Smart911 account to sign up, even if they don’t wish to receive weather alerts.
“It’s just a great tool that allows us to access all our 911 services,” Olson explained.
Sign up by logging on to www.Smart911.com, or for more information on the emergency notification system contact the Gothenburg Police Department business office at 537-3608. Residents may also stop by the Police Department office or the City Office for help getting registered for this free emergency service.