Amherst County Public Safety now is working with Everbridge, a global communications company, to keep residents, county staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick notifications and announcements during emergencies.

The public safety department will begin using Everbridge Resident Alerts to inform residents and businesses of emergencies and critical events, according to a news release from the county.

The events include severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies to more routine announcements such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to residents on cellphones, home phones, email, fax and pagers. Residents listed in the Amherst County 911 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone and residents can self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out, according to the county.

“We have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our residents as quickly and reliably as possible,” Sam Bryant, the county’s director of public safety, in the release. “The Everbridge emergency notification system allows Amherst County Public Safety to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it the most.”

Residents can register online by visiting the county’s website at www.countyofamherst.com.

Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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