July 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Oakland Co. launches emergency alert service

Pontiac Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced Thursday an electronic emergency OakAlert system available to residents, businesses and visitors.

According to a press release, the system will notify individuals who have signed up for the alerts about weather warnings and other emergencies in the county.

Providing timely information to the people who live, work and play in Oakland County is essential to the safety of everyone, Patterson said. I encourage all of our residents, businesses and visitors to sign-up for OakAlert.

The voluntary system sends notifications about emergencies, disasters or hazardous situations that may require immediate action to the emails and/or cell phones of users who registered online.

OakAlert messages will be limited to:

■Imminent or perceived threats to life or property

■Disaster notifications

■Evacuation notices

■Public health emergencies

■Public safety emergencies

Examples include chemical spills impacting public health; outdoor warning siren activations (will not include other weather watches, warnings, or advisories); active shooter situations prompting an evacuation or shelter-in-place orders.

OakAlerts will also include significant road closures such as a complete highway closure, not lane closures or daily traffic incidents; closure or interruption in service of county operations; and additional notifications affecting the health and safety of the county.

Once a message is received through the OakAlert system, additional information will be broadcast through the media and NOAA radios. OakAlert will not be used for notifications of non-emergency situations. Oakland County offers non-emergency messaging through the Oakland County Digital Subscription service.

To register or to learn more about the OakAlert system go to www.oakgov.com/homelandsecurity.

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