WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents of Oconee County of a service they can register for to help keep them alert of emergency situations or disasters that may occur.
“Alert Oconee” is a regional notification system that is able to send telephone notifications to citizens of Oconee County to alert them to emergencies and disasters that could impact them, whether they are residents or work in a business in the county.
Registration is available by logging onto www.alertoconee.com or by visiting the websites of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office (www.oconeelaw.com) or Oconee County Emergency Services (www.oconeecountyemergencyservices.com).
Registration only take a few minutes and requires answering just a few questions and includes providing your cell phone or landline number and e-mail address and deciding what alerts an individual wants to sign up for.
Once entered, alerts will be sent to an individual on their cell phone, which includes text messages, their landline phone, their Voice over IP phone or via the e-mail address that a person provides.
“Alert Oconee” also asks for address information so alerts pertaining to those areas can be sent to those who sign up and multiple addresses can be entered when someone registers.
“Alert Oconee” acts as a reverse 911 system in Oconee County for those who have only a cell phone and/or a Voice over IP phone and not a landline phone. Registration is free and “Alert Oconee” is also accessible for those who may be hearing or visually impaired.
The funding for “Alert Oconee” is split between Emergency Services and E-911 Communications.