The Swift911 system, which is free for users, is a service that sends out emergency messages by voice, text, and email. The system, purchased by the county in 2016, has many landline telephone numbers in it, about 40,000. Now, Beaver County Emergency Services need people to register their cellphone or e-mail address. Swift911 is a high-speed Emergency Notification System that alerts residents to emergency situations like sever storm warnings, evacuations, and more in the local area. The program has the capability of delivering messages to the entire county via telephone, cell phone, e-mail, text message, or social media sites. Some phone numbers are not in the system and residents are encouraged to update their information and contact preferences, or add phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and/or e-mail addresses.
Evacuating an area used to mean first responders going door to door to alert residents to leave an area. However, with the county’s Swift911 notification system, an evacuation notice can be sent out to people’s cellphones with the touch of a button.
The Swift911 system can be used to alert people on a single street to stay in their homes during a SWAT incident and to inform people in a 10-mile radius around the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station last week about the siren test. It can also be used for weather emergencies, HAZMAT incidents, power outages, fires and more. The incident commander decides what the message will say and what area to send it out to.
People who do not live in the county but work here can also register for alerts around their workplaces.