Chapel Hill Launches New Public Alert System with County Partners
Chapel Hill residents are encouraged to register today with OC Alerts, a new community emergency notification system. https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/signup
The Town of Chapel Hill is partnering with Orange County, the Town of Carrboro, and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) to provide OC Alerts. Powered by Everbridge, OC Alerts will be used to communicate with businesses and residents who will be alerted within minutes of an emergency event as well as receiving life-saving public service announcements.
With the OC Alerts system, messages can be sent via cell phone, landline phone, e-mail, text messaging, fax, pager, etc. Residents can register to be alerted about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic spills, violent crimes and OWASA's water/sewer notices.
Residents and businesses currently listed in the Orange County 9-1-1 database will be automatically subscribed to receive OC Alerts by landline, although anyone can register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
Residents who previously enrolled in the Code Red system, our previous emergency mass communication tool, will need to re-register with the new system. OC Alerts is much more robust and flexible tool than Code Red. Residents can control what notifications they want to receive, how they want to receive them and when they want to be notified.
Residents are strongly encouraged to register so they can receive OC Alerts by cell phone, texts, e-mail, etc. as well as by landlines. (Please see additional information below about how to register.)
Residents who create a free account can utilize a free Android or iPhone application that will allow for two-way communication with emergency managers.
"OC Alerts will allow us to communicate quickly with our residents and visitors providing them with information and guidance during emergency situations," said Matt Sullivan, Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Chapel Hill. "This tool is an integral component of our emergency preparedness strategy."
Register for OC Alerts
Get alerted about emergencies and other urgent community news by signing up for OC Alerts, powered by Everbridge. This system enables the Town of Chapel Hill to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, violent crimes, and water/sewer notices.
You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more.
Residents and businesses currently listed in the Orange County 9-1-1 database are automatically subscribed to receive OC Alerts by landline, although anyone can register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
If you previously were enrolled in the Code Red system, you will need to re-register with the new system.
Register at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/signup Access additional emergency resource information at the Town of Chapel Hill at www.townofchapelhill.org/emergency or at Ready Orange, the emergency preparedness resource from Orange County, at www.readyorange.org
To receive assistance signing up by telephone, reach the Town of Chapel Hill at 919-968-2743.
For more information, contact Matthew Sullivan, Town of Chapel Hill Emergency Management Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-968-2814.