ALERT GASTON Implemented To Notify Citizens During Emergencies
Residents and Businesses Can Sign Up to Receive Critical Communications and Emergency Alerts
The Gaston County Office of Emergency Management and Fire Services (GCOEMFS) is now working with Everbridge, a leading company in emergency notification systems, to implement ALERT GASTON, a communications platform that can be used to send citizens and businesses notifications during emergencies and other critical events. This system not only allows communications to all cell phones in affected geographical areas through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning Infrastructure (IPAWS), but also allows citizens to sign up for notifications through landline and cell phones, emails, and texts.
ALERT GASTON will serve as the primary emergency notification system that GCOEMFS will use to alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures. Residents who sign up for ALERT GASTON can receive notifications through their preferred method of contact—cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, and pager—to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information.
Anyone who lives, works, or travels through Gaston County is encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts. This can be done by going to www.gcoemfs.org and clicking on the ALERT GASTON link, by downloading the Everbridge Contact app (which only allows you to receive emergency notifications) from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and registering your device, or requesting a registration form by emailing email@example.com.
For further information contact W. S. Melton, Jr., Public Information Officer, Gaston County Office of Emergency Management and Fire Services at 704-866-3350.