STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Staunton's Citizen Alert System has been gaining popularity since it first launched.
Staunton Deputy Fire Chief Jason Ball said when they first put the Citizen Alert System in place, they went through the phone book and registered home and business phone numbers.
Sine then, they've had almost 700 people sign up; registering their cell phone numbers or email addresses.
The system is for emergencies and non-emergency situations.
You can choose law enforcement alerts, fire department alerts, severe weather alerts and traffic alerts, among others.
The alerts are received as text messages.
Ball said the system could be a big help, even before an emergency situation.
"We're able to let you know ahead of time, as long as it's something we know, then we're able to get in touch with you, give you a head's up, 'Hey, this is coming,' maybe extended power outages, or something to that effect, we're able to get in touch with you quickly so you're somewhat prepared for it," said Ball.
Ball said the fire department has not yet had to send any alerts.
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