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Washington Counties Getting New Emergency Alert Systems

Chelan and Douglas counties are switching to Everbridge, the same system neighboring counties use, to create emergency alert uniformity and boost reliability. Users on the old system will be automatically switched over.

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(TNS) - Chelan and Douglas counties will be making the switch to a new emergency alert system on April 1 called Everbridge, the same system as neighboring counties.

The Everbridge Emergency Alert System sends emergency alerts via text, email or voicemail in both English and Spanish, according to a Chelan County news release.

Grant, Okanogan and Kittitas counties already use this system. The system is used for emergency alerts like evacuations or for safety hazards, like a boil water order.

"By utilizing Everbridge, we will create emergency alert uniformity in the region, which will boost reliability in those circumstances when we need it the most," said Sgt. Jason Reinfeld of Chelan County Emergency Management, in a news release.

Any users registered with the previously used system, called AlertSense, their information will be automatically transferred to Everbridge on April 1, according to the news release.

People who are not already signed up to receive can do so signing up online here for Chelan County and here for Douglas County. Or people can download the Everbridge mobile app.

Reinfeld said in the news release that it is encouraged to have their cell phones' locations turned on as emergency management won't be able to reach you with an emergency notice if you're location is turned off.


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