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Ipswich Police Emergency Notifications Available to Residents Through Smart911

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Citizens are encouraged to opt-in to receive alerts

IPSWICH, MA, June 26, 2014 – Ipswich Emergency Management announces that the existing Smart911 service will now include options to opt-in to receive emergency alerts from Police and town officials.  Smart911, a free service for citizens, was made available in December and enables all residents to create a Safety Profile for their household with information they would want emergency management to know about in the event of an emergency.   These details can include general data on a household - ranging from the identity of residents, locations of bedrooms and utility information - to specific details about disabilities and medical conditions requiring such things as oxygen, dialysis and more.  Public safety officials can quickly leverage this data to identify needs in the community and expedite emergency response and recovery efforts during events such as winter storms.

"This creates a simple one step process for citizens to manage not only their personal Safety Profile, but also their ability to receive emergency notifications all through one account,” said Lieutenant Jonathan Hubbard, Emergency Management Director for Ipswich.  “We encourage all citizens to Sign Up at smart911.com if they have not already done so.  The information they can provide to us through their Safety Profile can help us more effectively plan for and respond to disasters or other emergency situations.”

This service will replace the existing Blackboard Connect service previously used for emergency alerts.  All citizens who were previously sign up to receive notifications through Blackboard are encouraged to Sign up at www.smart911.com in order to continue receiving alerts.

Citizens who have already signed up for Smart911 can log into their account at smart911.com and update their preferences to include emergency alerts.  Those who wish to create a new account can do so at anytime.  Smart911 is a free service for all citizens.  Additionally, Smart911 is a national service for participating 9-1-1 centers.  Anytime a citizen dials 9-1-1 anywhere in the country and their call is answered by a 9-1-1 center that supports Smart911, their Safety Profile will be available to emergency responders to provide faster more informed emergency response.  In Massachusetts, Smart911 is available in Milford, Framingham, Stoughton, Blackstone, Somerset, Medford and Watertown.

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