During Sandy, many towns sent emergency alerts to their residents though CT alert. Instead of waiting until the next storm and possible power or Internet outages to sign up, here's how you can do so right now to be preapred and stay informed.
As Simsbury officials prepared for Hurricane Sandy at the end of October, the Simsbury Emergency Management Team recommended that residents sign up for Simsbury emergency notifications through Simsbury Community Alerts and CT Alert Emergency Notification System on the state website at www.CTAlert.gov and on the town's website at www.simsbury-ct.gov.
The town also launched the Hurricane Sandy Information Center on the town's website where residents could check for important updates during and after the storm.
The alert service is a reverse 911 database that calls the landlines of anyone signed up with a voice message from town officials with the latest updates during emergency situations or natural disasters. You can sign up for alerts from multiple towns in the state, whether it's where you reside, where your family lives or it's the town you work in.
You can also sign up to receive notifications on cell phones, pagers and via email and prioritize where you want to receive the messages first.
Are you signed up for CTAlert? Do you find the system useful? What other resources do you turn to for information during storms?