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Newsflash: Emergency Notification System Launched in Vermont!

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (VT DEMHS) has announced an important new tool that will allow Vermonters to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency.

Vermont Alert, a system designed to help inform citizens of pending disasters, weather conditions, public health notifications, and a wide variety of other situations, is free to use and allows the public to sign up and receive notifications through a number of delivery systems, including text, e-mail, telephone, or even a game console.

Users can create accounts and select what types of alerts they wish to receive, as well as their preferred delivery system; for example, users can receive weather advisories as they are issued from the National Weather Service, and local fire, police, and other local emergency responders will soon be able to issue alerts, as well.

Vermont Alert is modeled after New York Alert, which has been in operation since 2006 and was designed by the State of New York. Vermont paid $58,000 for the system; local jurisdictions will receive training on the system throughout the coming months.

Examples of use include notifications about wildfires, evacuations, emergency travel alerts, severe weather alerts, locations of emergency shelters, road closures, disaster aid to individuals and communities, and much more.

To sign up for a free Vermont Alert account, please click here.

For more information, please contact Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security VT DEMHS Public Information Officer Mark Bosma at (800) 347-0488.

This notice was reproduced in part with permission from VT DEMHS.

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