The system is called “alert me.”
Emergency management leaders with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office says it’s a vital tool for alerting people in the 21st century.
All you have to do is go to the county’s website and click on the “alert me” button.
Once you’ve registered you’ll receive text alerts if an emergency is near your home, even if you’re not home at the time.
“For example if you’re traveling to New York and there’s an incident happening at your house here in Eugene you’ll get an alert in New York that there is something going on in the neighborhood of your house,” said Linda Cook, Lane County Emergency Manager.
The “alert me” system also works for people who use VoIP, an internet phone.
You’ll get a voice message instead of a text.
Lane County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Byron Trapp says the alert system is not only important for the public but it’s also helpful for responders.
Half of the funding for the program comes from a FEMA grant.
The other half is covered by a number of county agencies.