CT Alert Emergency Notification System
On September 1, 2009, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to have a statewide emergency notification system. CT Alert ENS allows state and local officials to help protect lives and property by providing critical information to residents during emergencies, including dangerous situations. As Governor M. Jodi Rell stated in an August 5, 2009 press release, “This is a major step forward for state and local governments in meeting their top responsibility: safeguarding the health and welfare of the residents.” CT Alert ENS is managed by the State Departments of Public Safety and Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Mansfield Public Safety agencies (emergency management, fire, police and public health) as well as Connecticut Public Safety agencies (emergency management and homeland security, police, fire, and public health) will use the CT Alert system before, during and after hazardous events, such as natural disasters and public health emergencies. The CT Alert system was developed in partnership with state and local officials, as well as the emergency notification company Everbridge.
CT Alert enables Mansfield and state officials to provide potentially life-saving information to all Connecticut citizens quickly and efficiently across multiple communication devices, including cell phone, home phone, e-mail, text message, fax, pager, PDA, and more.
CT Alert ENS has two main components:
The system allows authorized users to quickly send out an emergency alert to residents in any affected geographic area within the state. Depending on the emergency, the alert may be sent to an entire town, part of a town, a group of towns, or a large area of the state.
The system also allows public safety agencies to send messages to emergency response personnel.
The system is available for use by state and the Regional 911 Emergency Communications Center that serves Mansfield, and some state agencies.
CT Alert ENS uses the state’s Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) database for location-based notifications to the public for life-threatening emergencies. But the E9-1-1 database includes only traditional wire-line telephone numbers in the state (the “land line” phone you may have in your home). If you want the system to send alerts to other communication devices that you use, then you must provide your contact information by logging in to the CT Alert ENS Citizen “Sign-Up” Database Web Page that you can reach by using the link provided below.
The CT Alert ENS Citizen Sign-up Page allows you to add other means of communication to the CT Alert ENS, in addition to your current home phone—also known as a “land line”—if you have one. You can add mobile phones, Voice over IP landlines, wireless personal digital assistants, such as BlackBerry ®, e-mail, text messaging, and/or instant messaging to be included to receive alerts from CT Alert ENS. You are responsible for any costs associated with your receipt of any emergency notification.
You can also choose the order in which you receive the emergency notification by specifying your contact path order for multiple communication devices. The system will cycle through your communication devices until the message is delivered and or confirmed on one of them.
The CT Alert ENS Citizen Sign-Up Page will also allow you to list up to three additional locations in the state for which you want to receive alerts. These locations may include, for example, the towns where other family members live, or where children attend school.
If you are already registered on the CT Alert ENS, you can update your information by returning to the CT Alert ENS Citizen Sign-Up Page.