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County implementing new emergency alert system

Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has switched vendors for its emergency notifications.

"Code Red" has been replaced by "Everbridge," said Sheriff Cory Aukes in a news release Monday.

Hubbard County will use the Everbridge emergency notification system to alert residents about a variety of events, including severe weather, fires, law-enforcement incidents and other emergencies.

Residents listed in Hubbard County's 911 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by landline phone, but Everbridge allows citizens to self-register and add additional cell phone numbers and email addresses or to opt out.

"The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our residents as quickly and reliably as possible," said Aukes. "The Everbridge emergency notification system allows Hubbard County to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it most."

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office will begin conducting a countywide test of the new system at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6. Hubbard County residences in the system will begin receiving phone calls and recorded messages at that time.

If you do not receive a call or wish to add additional phone numbers, go to the Hubbard County website, click on "Sheriff," then select the "Emergency Notification" link. If you do not have access to a computer, call the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office at 732-3331 and staff will help.