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New Emergency Notification System Now Available For Residents

By: Kris Hazelton

Sergeant Corey P. Pass of the Estes Park Police Department wants residents to know about the New Emergency Notification System now up and running in Estes Park.
When a disaster strikes, or an emergency situation arises, you want to know about it.  Now, because of this new emergency notification system, residents in Estes Park and all over Larimer County can receive emergency notifications on their cell phones, business phones, via text messages, and e-mails in addition to receiving phone calls on their traditional home phones.

According to Sgt. Pass, Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority (LETA) oversees the 911 system. LETA is a partnership between 23 government and public safety agencies of Larimer County. LETA supports 9-1-1 emergency communications to make Larimer County emergency notification consistent and effective.

Sgt. Pass has been working directly with Kimberly Culp, Executive Director of LETA and project manager for this entire update and they are pleased to say that it is now available for everyone to sign up and join.

Sgt. Pass stated that, “In the past, Estes Park did have another mass notification system but that system only hit land lines. Now with so many people doing away with land lines and using cell phones as their primary phone, the new system can accommodate cell phone and computer users. The mass notification system uses brand new technology.

Sgt. Pass continued, “Also, many people now have mobile offices and busy lifestyles which require that Larimer County public health and safety officials have the ability to reach citizens when they’re on the go. The new system will continue to call residents using their traditional home land lines, even if you don’t register for the enhanced service. But it will also allow residents to enter other information so that we can notify you in multiple ways.”

You must sign up at leta911.org to take advantage of this free, expanded service. If you don’t sign up, you will still receive notifications on your traditional home phone, but nowhere else.

The wonderful thing about this new enhanced system is that it provides residents with choices. You choose how you’re contacted: cell phone call, text message, e-mail, home phone, etc. Plus, you also have the ability to choose the locations you want to be contacted about. Residents can sign up to get alerts about an emergency, such as wildfire, flood, or critical police activity at home, work, or school.

That means, you could receive notifications on your cell phone about your home AND your child’s school.

To sign up, just go to leta911.org to take advantage of the free expanded service. If you are interested in receiving alerts about more than one location, you will need to completely fill out the sign-up form for each address. For example, if you would like to receive alerts about your home and your kids’ school, you will need to register twice: once using your home address and once using the address of your children’s school.

When you submit your cell phone, e-mail address, business phone number and other information (on the “how” we should reach you menu option), you are giving public health and safety officials more opportunity to contact you, and improving your odds of staying informed.

Sgt. Pass is extremely pleased with this new system and said, “It has multiple redundancy factors built in, just in case of a computer failure. We’re very excited to have this new system now available for all our Estes Valley and Larimer County residents.”

In addition to emergency notification, the system will also notify users of non-emergent things they need to know such as scheduled power outages to repair lines, or a street closure in their area. In addition to opting in for these services, Pass pointed out that users may also opt out at any time or if they have a change of information, all they need to do is go back to the website for an update.

Emergency notification is a free service provided by the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority (LETA), there is no cost to sign up. The system is funded through monthly surcharges on hard wire (traditional), wireless, or voice over internet telephone services. Keep in mind, if you register a cell phone, call and text messaging charges will apply.

For more information, or to sign up for the enhanced service, visit leta911.org.

Do it today!

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