VERMONT DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND
HOMELAND SECURITY NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Mark Bosma, Public
Information Officer Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland
Time: 9:00 a.m.
System Launched in Vermont
Vermont Alert Allows Vermonters to Stay Informed
WATERBURY, VT - Vermonters have a new tool at their disposal to
stay informed of pending disasters, weather conditions, public health
notifications, and countless other alerts that could affect themselves or their
Vermont Alert (www.vtalert.gov
) is a free service for users. It allows
the public to sign up and receive notifications through a number of delivery
systems, including text, e-mail, telephone, or even a game console.
Vermont Alert is hosted and maintained by the Vermont Division of
Emergency Management and Homeland Security (VT DEMHS) and is available to all
emergency response agencies in the state in order to allow for localized
"We've seen over the past couple of years the value of speedy and
accurate information as emergency situations develop," Gov. Peter Shumlin said.
"This new system will give Vermonters a head start in preparing for storms or
other hazardous conditions."
Users will create accounts, then chose their
local area and what types of alerts they wish to receive, as well as which
delivery system they prefer.
For example, you can receive weather
advisories as they are issued from the National Weather Service. Local
fire, police, and other local emergency responders will soon be able to issue
"We have worked long and hard to bring Vermont Alert to
fruition," Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Director Joe Flynn said. "This provides not only the state, but local
responders with another tool to mitigate the effects of disasters on Vermont and
its citizenry - at no direct cost to those local response
Vermont Alert is modeled after New York Alert, which has been
in operation since 2006, and was designed by the state of New York.
Vermont paid $58,000 for the system.
Local jurisdictions will
receive training on the system throughout the coming months.
Sign up for an
account today by visiting www.vtalert.gov
For more information contact VT DEMHS
Public Information Officer Mark Bosma at 800-347-0488
Examples of use:
There is a large structure fire in a downtown. The
local fire department can write and distribute a press release through VT Alert.
Can contact the public directly with an evacuation notice (phone, text, or
e-mail), issue a travel alert for motorists to avoid the area, and alert the
public of any public health hazards from smoke.
A wildfire is burning. Nearby towns can issue evacuation orders and
notify residents in the affected area directly (via phone, text, or e-mail).
Press releases can be written on and distributed through Vermont Alert and
the National Weather Service can issue an Air Quality warning if the fire
warrants such a notification.
· An accident
on Interstate-91 is blocking the road. The State Police can write and
distribute a press release regarding the accident. The Agency of
Transportation can issue a travel advisory and outline alternate routes.
VTrans can then notify the public when the road has re-opened.
A tropical storm is occurring in Vermont.
In the state Emergency Operations Center VT DEMHS and partners
§ Prepare and release Emergency Alert System
§ Prepare and distribute press releases and special
notifications regarding conditions
§ Post state road
§ Post public health alerts
§ Post locations
of emergency shelters
§ Automatically populate social media with
§ The National Weather Service can issue storm
Watches and Warnings
o Local communities can:
§ Post local road closures
public health alerts
· In the aftermath of a
storm the state and federal government can post notifications about disaster aid
to individuals and communities.
Public Information Officer
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security