New alert system aims to continue keeping residents informed of emergencies
SPEARFISH, S.D. — The city of Spearfish is encouraging residents to be prepared for emergencies by signing up for the “Civic-ready” notification system.
The new system comes as an update to their previous landline-based method of reaching out to residents. Now, with landlines becoming more and more scarce as people switch to more mobile and portable devices, the city is reaching out through more relevant and accessible ways.
Officials will be sending messages to residents’ email, cell phones, and voice mails. They will also continue to post the alerts and updates on social media as well, as that is one of their more popular and used communication methods.
Through the system, the public will be alerted in cases of a variety of events, like severe weather, fire, and evacuations.
“We have a base system that drew in all of the local landline phone numbers, but of course the world’s going to cell phones,” Chief of Police Curt Jacobs explained. “So that’s why we’re looking for people to go to this website and get signed up for these notifications so they can get them on their mobile phones.”
The system will only be used to send out emergency notifications and nothing more.
The service is free, and residents can sign up here: www.cityofspearfish.com/CivicAlerts