Schuylkill Alert notifies residents

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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Schuylkill County has developed a new way to keep its residents safe during an emergency with Schuylkill Alert. The new notification system is a way of reaching people of all ages with important information.
   
Schuylkill County Emergency Management has made an emergency alerts and community notifications system available to the public.  It’s called Schuylkill Alert. You sign up online – and then receive notifications about severe weather, road closures, and emergencies where you live. 
 
“Since we have so many people commute, knowing that something’s going on on route 61 or interstate 81, before you get there, would certainly be an advantage,” said John Matz, Emergency Management Coordinator. 
 
You get to choose if you want email, text or voice notifications sent to your cell phone or home phone. 
 
“Of course we have a lot of elderly people and many of them do not utilize cell phones on a regular basis. So being able to have the option to  send out to landline telephones, we thought was very important,” added Matz. 
 
“What’s nice is that they can control the subscriptions that they belong to, so if you only want to receive stuff from your municipality, that’s where that subscription starts. And then if you want to receive additional weather service updates or updates for the roadways, you get to choose what you receive,” said John Blickley, deputy emergency management coordinator. 
 
Municipalities in the county have the option of accessing the system and sending out municipal specific alerts, like a no parking ban, change in trash pick up days, or problems with water or sewage.
 
Signing up for the alerts and downloading the app are free. If you download the app — called Swift 911 — you also can get alerts in other counties in our area. Updates in Luzerne, Wyoming, Northumberland and Montour counties will be available with the app. 

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