Residents can register for 911 alert system

To sign up for the service, go to http://www.gjcity.org.

Want to learn about emergencies in your area as they’re happening?

A new service offered by the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center can keep you informed with alerts via your home phone, cell phone, text messages or e-mail. Or if you live out of town, the system could be a way to keep you apprised of events occurring in the area where a loved one lives.

“We had a system in place, but we weren’t able to alert people on cell phones,” said Paula Creasy, manager of the communication center. Creasy said that information gathered from the public would not be used by law enforcement.

The system already has been a used a couple times, including during a fire at the Preserve and another incident in which a child in the Redlands was lost.

The system can be used to alert people to incidents occurring around their child’s school, or their grandparents’ home, for example.

To do that, residents must register online at http://www.gjcity.org and cite those areas as the address.

People can sign up with multiple addresses and specify which method they would like to receive information. The service is free to residents.

Officials purchased the system for $115,000, and it was paid for with 911 funds. Those funds come from consumers’ phone bills.

Common public safety alerts include evacuations, dangerous people in the area, a fire, a lost child, road closures, water breaks and power outages.


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