A new emergency notification system has been activated by the County. AlertBroward, powered by Everbridge, allows residents to stay informed about emergency incidents that may affect their safety. This system lets the County contact hundreds of thousands of residents within seconds so they can receive important information about an emergency.

“Public safety is a top priority, and Broward County’s new emergency notification system will keep residents informed about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, to fires and floods,” said Miguel Ascarrunz, Broward County Emergency Management Director. Messages will be sent to residents via their preferred means of contact-such as cell phone, text message or email, to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. “Residents are also reminded they can sign-up to receive emergency alerts through their municipality’s emergency management office,” added Ascarrunz.

The success of the service relies on residents’ participation. Residents with landlines listed in the Yellow or White Pages have been automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, but AlertBroward also allows members of the public to self-register and provide additional contact information. Unlisted numbers are not provided. Residents are encouraged to register to begin receiving alerts. Signing up is quick, easy and secure on the AlertBroward website.

The system is also fully integrated with the county’s Emergency Management social media sites, Facebook.com/BrowardEMD and Twitter.com/ReadyBroward.

This emergency notification service is being funded by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and is provided at no cost to Broward County residents.