Be prepared by signing up for CivicReady with Greene County
(Stanardsville, Virginia) — Greene County is transitioning to CivicReady from CodeRed for emergency alerts in February. CivicReady is a free opt-in communications service that allows users to customize their notification preferences and will allow non-emergency information to be sent to those who subscribe based on their choices.
Users will be able to choose their preferred language to receive alerts and the type of messages they prefer. The new system will allow Greene County to reach residents, visitors, businesses, and employees regardless of location within the county and provide actionable information. The ability to notify residents in an emergency is only as good as the database of numbers. Due to Federal laws, each resident MUST opt-in for alerts of any kind. It’s especially important that residents include cell phones as a means for communication to receive alerts no matter where you are within the community. Additionally, many people only have cell phones for communication, therefore linking it to your home address is vitally important in case of address-specific emergency alerts. Businesses are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts as well.
“We are proud to be partnering with CivicReady,” said Director of Emergency Services Melissa Meador. “The system will certainly enhance public safety efforts within Greene County by conveying important information to our citizens in the event of an impending or occurring emergency. We highly encourage everyone to sign up.”
Users can subscribe to receive non-emergency information from: Emergency Services; Greene County Government; Parks & Recreation; Registrar; Sheriff’s Office; Treasurer; and Water & Sewer. Additional non-emergency groups may be added in the future if the need arises.
This new system is part of an entire overhaul of the Greene County website to improve transparency and communications with the public. Once the website is fully updated, emergency alerts will feature on the front page of the site. Sign up online at https://shorturl.at/bmrTW. To receive ONLY emergency text messages to your phone text “GCVA” to 38276.