After some technical issues, a new, free service that provides alerts regarding life safety information to Livingston County residents is again ready to accept new users.

Livingston County has been working to improve means of communication with citizens during emergencies. Among those changes is the newly installed Citizens Alerting System, which has the ability to send real time emergency information directly to an individual’s cell phone, home phone, or email. The system will be activated when an imminent safety event is identified within the county, such as a tornado warning. When the alert is initiated, the system will automatically contact all landlines using automated voice messages.

Some people recently experienced difficulties getting into the system to sign up. However, county officials say problems with the link to sign up have been fixed and the system is again ready to accept new users or for people to update their previous information. Officials further apologized for any inconveniences.

Landlines are automatically enrolled in the new system, but those who would like to receive notifications via cell phone or email will need to create an online profile through the Livingston County Emergency Management webpage. Residents can “unregister” at any time.

An informational flyer about the new Citizens Alerting System is attached. (JM)