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DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO TEST NH ALERTS EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM AND NH ALERTS SMARTPHONE APP IN RAYMOND

The New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will conduct a test of both the NH Alerts emergency notification system and the NH Alerts smartphone app on March 1, 2016 in Raymond, New Hampshire.

“NH Alerts has been used to notify residents of incidents such as critical highway closures, severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and missing persons. NH Alerts has the potential to save lives because the people who use it are better informed and better prepared to respond to an emergency. Please take the time now to go to ReadyNH.gov and sign-up for the free NH Alerts emergency notification system and download the free NH Alerts smartphone app.”

The free NH Alerts emergency notification system allows residents who have signed-up via ReadyNH.gov to be notified of emergencies occurring in the area of an address they provide when signing up. Alerts can be received through landlines, cell phones, text messages, emails, and social media alerts.

The free NH Alerts app notifies users of emergencies occurring within the vicinity of their cellphones. The app user can choose to receive a variety of location-specific audible alerts, such as warnings to avoid a particular area during an emergency or weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service. These settings are completely customizable to allow the user to determine the frequency with which warnings are received.

Using both the NH Alerts emergency notification system and the NH Alerts smartphone app greatly increases the chance of receiving a notification when an emergency occurs.  The NH Alerts emergency notification system and the smartphone app are free to anyone, including visitors from other states.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management strongly encourages all Raymond residents to go to ReadyNH.gov to enroll in the free NH Alerts emergency notification system and to download the free smartphone app prior to the test.