Yakima Emergency Management alerts can save lives in the county

Yakima Emergency Management alerts can save lives in the county
Image credit: City of Yakima Fire Department

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Alert Yakima emergency notification system is a tool being promoted by local agencies to help the community stay safe and aware of dangerous activity in the area. In dire situations, this public notification system can help you keep your loved ones from serious dangers in Yakima County.

A geographic-based system for people who enter a valid street address in the county, Alert Yakima sends emergency notifications about severe weather as well as floods, fires, radiological events, toxic environmental issues, and other emergencies in your area. The best part is that you can set notifications and messages to be sent through the communication path of your choice. That includes text messages, phone calls, emails, pagers, PDAs, and other personal devices.

Per Yakima County officials, anyone listed in the county’s white pages landline phone database is automatically subscribed for emergency alerts over the phone. However, you can self-register a cell phone or other device to make sure you receive emergency alerts on the go.

RELATED: Raging fire destroys Brownstown Tavern, FBI investigating

Some of the alerts include evacuation orders, shelter in place orders and other emergency service updates to ensure that you and your loved ones can keep up to date with dangers in your community. Through technology from an enterprise software company called Everbridge, the Alert Yakima system utilizes a mapping feature to send alerts to people residing in specific regions of the county to ensure that they are kept updates in case of an emergency.

Wildfire season is upon us in Southeastern Washington and enabling these notifications is one way to ensure that you and your loved ones can stay safe.

If you’d like to learn more information about Alert Yakima, click here. To sign up for emergency alerts, you can click here.

RECENT NEWS HEADLINES FROM THE KAPP-KVEW NEWS STAFF:

RELATED: Washington veterans are eligible for rental assistance through BMAC