Alert system updated residents to storm’s effects

The overnight snowstorm that rolled through the Grand Valley into Tuesday provided a real glimpse into the utility of a service local law enforcement agencies have been urging area residents to sign up for — an emergency notification system that pushes alerts to your email box or mobile device.

Residents who may have signed up for the service — and decided to receive each type of message available though the program — got a flurry of alert messages while the storm blew through the region.

With snow piling up, one voicemail message at 5 a.m. announced that school was canceled for District 51 students on Wednesday. Another announcement that the intersection of Patterson Road and 29 Road was closed because of road conditions helped commuters make alternate plans. These notices and an array of other alerts to phones, emails or other mobile devices helped residents make choices during a wintry day Wednesday.

“This winter storm highlights some great reasons for people to sign up for emergency and community notifications,” said Kate Porras, spokeswoman of the Grand Junction Police Department.

To sign up for alerts, visit Grand Junction’s website at gjcity.org and click on the Alerts tab.

Residents can designate locations around the Grand Valley where they are interested in hearing about emergencies. That might include in the area around a parent’s home, near your child’s day care facility, your home and local schools.


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