If there was an emergency in your neighborhood, how would you find out?
Many cities and counties have a reverse notification system, sometimes called reverse 911, that call your home phone when there is a fire, flood or other emergency situation. But did you know that in many places you can also sign up to get those notifications on your cell phone, e-mail and by text?
Adams County provides reverse 911 in partnership with ADCOM 911 to home landline phone numbers for residents of Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn and Unincorporated Adams County, including residents in the Adams County portion of Strasburg. In addition, residents can register for cell phone alerts through FirstCall. The following Adams County municipalities support their own independent notification systems: Arvada, Aurora, Federal Heights, Thornton and Westminster. http://alertregistration.com/adamscountyco
Arapahoe County said it will send messages about a potential safety hazard or concern to all standard voice and text communication devices (land line, mobile, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, PDA, alpha or numeric pager, etc.) that you register in the system. http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/Departments/SH/Emergency%20Notification%20Alerts.asp
Aurora allows residents to sign up for text alerts, emails and/or phone calls in case of an emergency. Aurora said the emergency alert system may be used for natural disaster, a man-made disaster, a missing child or a public safety emergency. http://www.auroragov.org/LivingHere/PublicSafety/EmergencyPreparedness/SignupforEmergencyAlerts/index.htm
Broomfield and Jefferson counties uses the CodeRed system to send out emergency alerts. **Residents who have previously registered their phone numbers with the FirstCall system must re-register under the new notification system to make certain their information is correct. http://Your911.net
Boulder County has a mass notification system that is used to notify residents about imminent threats to health and safety such as the need to evacuate due to a wildfire, or take other appropriate actions in the event of a flash flood or other critical police activity. http://ww2.everbridge.net/citizen/EverbridgeGateway.action?body=home&gis_alias_id=160781
Denver's Emergency Preparedness Network (EPN) is a system that geographically identifies, warns and provides instructions to citizens in times of crisis such as in the case of a missing child, severe weather, toxic spill, or terrorist threat. http://www.denvergov.org/safety/DepartmentofSafety/EmergencyServices/911EmergencyCommunications/EmergencyAlerts/tabid/443464/Default.aspx
Douglas County uses the CodeRed system to alert residents to situations such as police activity in an area, a lost child (Amber Alert), wildfires, or any other incident in which residents in the immediate area and surrounding areas would need to take appropriate steps to safeguard life and property. **If you registered with the old Everbridge system, you need to register again. http://www.dcsheriff.net/emergency-mass-notification-system/
Gilpin County also uses Code Red. http://co.gilpin.co.us/Emergency%20Notification%20System/ENSindex.htm
In Larimer County, visit the subscription services page. Click on "Emergency Information Updates." You may also want to sign up with the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority for emergency alerts. http://www.larimer.org/subscriptions.cfm
Weld County will let you sign up for several different alerts including a list of most wanted fugitives, recent arrests and EOC alerts. Signing up for the EOC alerts will get you updates when emergency and disasters are happening. http://weldsheriff.com/PublicInformation/E-Alerts&Cell-VOIPPhoneRegistration.html
Thornton residents may sign up for the T-Alert system to get public safety alerts for flash floods, severe thunderstorms, tornados, police situations and other alerts. http://tmail.cityofthornton.net/
If you live within city limits, you should sign up with your county and contact your local city to ask how you can register your cell phone for emergency alerts/calls.