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Natrona County to launch new emergency alert mass notification system

The new AlertSense system will be able to notify people of emergencies or severe weather events, such as the Pedro Mountain Fire which burned over summer 2019. (Natrona County Fire District, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County will begin to use a new emergency alert system, replacing the old system which was called “CodeRed.”

The new system will be called “AlertSense.” Natrona County Emergency Management invited people to begin completing early sign up for the new system on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The system will launch in five days.

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“This free service is replacing CodeRed, our previous system and previous sign ups will not transfer,” NCEM says. “You must sign up to receive Emergency Alerts within Natrona County.”

The system will provide both emergency and severe weather alerts.

“The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents,” the county says. “Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc.”

“Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity.”

The alert system will be able to provide alerts to both wireless devices as well as notifications sent to traditional land lines.

“Natrona County is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences,” the county says. “It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines.”

“Please provide your address and preferred method(s) of contact. Adding your address will allow tailoring so you do not receive alerts that don’t pertain to your geographical area and is required.”

The alerts are free, thought standard messaging rates and similar charges may apply.

“If you wish to subscribe to SMS text messages only, text your zip code to 38276.  There is also a mobile app available,” the county adds.