Guilford County, NC-- People who live in Guilford County can now be notified of emergencies via their mobile device or email thanks to a new technologically advanced alert system.
Guilford County Emergency services officially launched the system on Wednesday. The short name for the alert system is "G.E.A.N.I.", which stands for the Guilford Emergency Alert Notification, and Information System.
What types of alerts will I get? Emergency Management Officials said the system provides time sensitive, geographically-based messages about evacuations, shelter-in-place incidents, severe weather response and recovery efforts, law enforcement events, and other urgent incidents that affect safety.
How do I get alerts? You have to sign up to get the alerts and urgent messages and important information will arrive via your cell phone, text message, home phone and email.
Who can get them? Residents and businesses within Guilford County, including the city of High Point, Forsyth, Davidson, and Randolph Counties can sign up to get the emergency alerts.
An example of the types of messages from emergency management: An industrial accident results in natural gas leak occurs in the vicinity of W. Friendly Avenue and N. Spring Street. The Fire Department assesses the situation and determines that residents within a four-block radius of the leak should shelter in place to protect themselves against hazards caused by the fumes. Using G.E.A.N.I., public safety officials would identify that four-block radius and send voice and text alerts to people with registered phone numbers with addresses in the affected area.
Persons and businesses with traditional land line phone numbers published in local phone books are automatically enrolled in G.E.A.N.I., and will receive notifications pertaining to the geographic area of the address associated with the phone number.
To learn more about it and how to sign up click on GEANI.
**Note: Unpublished land line numbers, cellular and VoIP telephones are not automatically added to the system database. Persons wishing to receive notifications on these numbers must self register for the G.E.A.N.I. system at http://www.readyguilford.org/.