WENY News - Tompkins County unveils new emergency alert system

Tompkins County unveils new emergency alert system

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     ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Residents of Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca have announced a new emergency alert system.
     The new system will give residents an immediate way to learn about emergencies.

     The new system is called "Swift 911"

     Through the new mass notification alert system, local residents will have multiple ways to stay informed. 

     The system will be used to send messages via phone calls, texts, email, fax and even through social media.

     Those who sign up for the alerts will also be notified when a snow storm is coming, as well as when the city will be enforcing odd-even parking.

     "Most excitingly, this is going to let us suspend the enforcement of odd-even parking," said City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick. "So we will no longer be enforcing odd-even parking, unless, it is snowing. So the way find out if it's going to snow, if we're going to enforce it, if we're going to plow, you got to sign up for Swift911."

     With this new system, the mayor believes it'll also help cut down on traffic tickets.

     "The goal of this is for us is to give away fewer parking tickets," said Myrick. "We're going to give away a hundred thousand dollars less in parking tickets next year if this system works. Our goal is to keep people safe so that in an emergency we can let them know about it without them having to read it on the news website."

      The system will be used through the county's emergency communications center.

     To learn more about the alert system and to sign up, you can visit the city's website at: http://www.cityofithaca.org/.

     To receive text notifications, you can text SWIFT911 to 99538.

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