VERMONT - Vermonters have a new way to stay informed of pending disasters, weather conditions, public health notifications, and countless other alerts that could affect themselves or their loved ones.
Vermont Alert (www.vtalert.gov) is a free service that allows the public to sign up and receive notifications through a number of delivery systems, including text, e-mail, telephone, or even a game console.
Users can create accounts, then chose their local area and what types of alerts they wish to receive, as well as which delivery system they prefer.
Vermont Alert is hosted and maintained by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and is available to all emergency response agencies in the state in order to allow for localized alerts.
Vermont Alert is modeled after New York Alert, which has been in operation since 2006, and was designed by the state of New York. Vermont paid $58,000 for the system.