Residents urged to sign up for Routt County emergency alerts
September 24, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — An active wildfire season has demonstrated why it is important for residents to sign up with Routt County's new emergency notification system.
In August, the county switched to a new notification system, which is managed by Routt County Communications, but many residents still have not signed up for alerts.
Communications manager Jason Nettles said 2,437 people have signed up by going to http://www.routtcountyalerts.com.
In addition to that, 11,374 traditional residential, business and other contacts were automatically imported into the database.
Nettles said it is vital that when people register they include a valid geographic location.
"Upon review of our records, we found that many of those that registered through the web portal did not enter a valid or recognized address with their registration," Nettles said. "It is important for authorities to have accurate information in the event that we need to alert you based on a geographic location."
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The geographic location is important because the emergency alert system has the ability to notify people within a certain distance of an incident, such as a wildfire.
Nettle encouraged everyone who has registered and those who want to register to go to the website and enter at least one valid Routt County address, as well as preferred contact methods.
The website uses a mapping feature powered by Google.
If the Google map does not recognize someone's address, the person can move a pin around the map to set their accurate location.
People who need help registering can contact Karrie Littman, Routt County Communications administrative assistant, at 970-870-5532.