In an emergency it is absolutely imperative for public safety officials to reach those in the community who are most at risk. During an emergency situation, the local Emergency Alert System may be used to broadcast messages on KKXK (94.1 FM) as well as KUBC (580 AM).
Safety officials may also use the Emergency Notification System, a system that attempts to deliver recorded emergency messages to the traditional wired phones in the affected area. However, due to the increasing reliance on mobile phones for communication, individuals who wish to receive emergency voice or text messages on their mobile phone must complete a simple online registration.
Emergency Notification System for Mobile Phones
The Emergency Notification System is funded by the Montrose Emergency Telephone Service Authority and the emergency services. It has historically been used to send recorded messages to wireline phones in areas affected by emergencies. Wireline phones are automatically entered in the system when they are initialized.
Residents may now enter their cellular and mobile Internet phones in the system via the registration web page to receive voice and/or text emergency messages.
The system uses a database of phone numbers and their physical addresses. If the system is activated, an emergency contact area is mapped. Phones with physical addresses in the mapped area are selected from the database. An appropriate outgoing message is recorded, and the system attempts to deliver that message to the selected phones. Depending on the nature of the emergency, the system may attempt to leave a voicemail in the event the user does not answer.
Please Note: Users must enter both a phone number and a valid physical address at the time of registration. Emergency messages may incur mobile phone usage charges. Phones will only be contacted in the event of an emergency.
For more information on the Emergency Notification System, please call the County Emergency Manager at 970-252-7002.