New Emergency Alert System Crashes

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- A system put in place to help warn you about emergencies needed a life line. The just launched emergency alert system for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County crashed.

The new emergency alert system is set to go full force on July 1. Harrisonburg and Rockingham County decided to start early to get all the bugs out.

Tuesday, the City of Harrisonburg launched the new emergency alert system on Facebook.

Rockingham County Fire Department Chief Jeremy Holloway said the problem with signing up for the new service is still unknown.

"Right now we have the technicians working on it determine what the issue is. We still want people to continue if it gives you the glitch of, come back and try again later," said Holloway.

The service is scheduled to kick off on July 1. Chief Holloway knew there would be some kinks. That's why it launched early.

"We wanted some buffer time, we didn't want everyone come in on July 1st and start signing up. The system just went up and running, so why not allow people start signing up?" said Holloway.

To sign up for the alerts, you log on to

. Then you click on the opt in button. Put in your name, email, phone number and address.

The service should be up and running. If you run into any problems, call the Harrisonburg fire department and they will sign up for you. The number is 540-432-7703

You can call the Rockingham County Fire Department. The number is 540-564-3175 is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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