Cortland County asks residents to sign up for emergency notification system

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Cortland County has launched its new emergency notification system. Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety.

The new emergency alert system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and other urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, and even TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired. In addition, Hyper-Reach provides the County with access to the Wireless Emergency Alert system developed by FEMA, enabling broadcast text messages to most mobile phones made since 2011. And there’s a free smartphone app for iPhones and Android devices that allows users to display and organize messages for specific addresses that are important to them.

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The county plans to use the service primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, criminal activity and missing persons. All landline phones in the county are automatically enrolled, but mobile phones can only be included when people register. Citizens are encouraged to enroll now by going to the website and clicking the "Register for Emergency Alerts" button.

“Our job is to protect all the citizens of Cortland County.” said Scott Roman, Director of Emergency Response and Communications for Cortland County. “In this day and age, more and more people don’t have a landline. So we’re asking everyone to register themselves, and also discuss this with friends and family to help insure that they sign up.”

First make sure your home and your Cortland County workplace are included in the system, and make sure your mobile phones are part of the registration. Then help your spouse, your kids and even your friends to register. Think of it as an act of love, to protect the people you care about.

People who register can choose alerts by text, email and/or voice call. Text messages are sent as normal SMS texts, so users can control when they hear the alerts using their normal phone settings. Please be sure that you choose the correct street address so that any Emergency Alerts affecting only your immediate area will reach you.

About Hyper-Reach

Hyper-Reach is a mass notification system with over 12 years of experience in emergency messaging. Hyper-Reach sends messages via automated telephone calls, text messaging (SMS), email, and social media, such as Twitter. Messages can be created by local personnel or automatically sent, depending on the emergency. Other uses of Hyper-Reach include Amber alerts, toxic chemical warnings, and armed shooter alerts. In addition to 911 centers, Hyper-Reach is used by law enforcement, educational institutions, and corporations.

For more information about Hyper-Reach, go to or call 855-266-8439 (855 2-Notify).

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