New emergency notification system now active
Haywood residents can now sign up to receive critical communications and emergency alerts
HAYWOOD COUNTY, September 01, 2017
— The new, uniform, county-wide emergency notification system “Haywood Alerts” is now active and residents/visitors in Haywood County are strongly encouraged to opt-in.
The fastest way to opt in to receive text message alerts in emergency or critical events is to simply text a Haywood County zip code of interest in the message body to the phone number 888-777.
Anyone who lives, works, vacations or has loved ones in Haywood County is encouraged to opt in to this system.
This system will be used to notify you about imminent threats to health and safety as well as critical events that affect your locations or work environments. Administrators will send notifications regarding severe weather, flooding, gas leaks, police activity and more.
To receive more detailed alerts while choosing the preferred way to be contacted (phone, text, email) is to visit alerts.haywoodcountync.gov
Please note that those who have their home or business phone number listed in the yellow and white pages are automatically uploaded in to the emergency alerts system.
Haywood County and the towns of Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Canton and Clyde have been working together for the past six months to implement this new system to keep residents and emergency personnel safe during emergency situations. This team was a sub-committee of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
“We have 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 Director of Emergency Services, Greg Shuping. “This notification system allows us to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it the most.”