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Lewis & Clark County residents urged to register for alert system

Posted: Jul 09, 2018 5:43 PM Updated:

People in and around Lewis & Clark County are being urged to sign up for the county’s public safety mass alert system, called the RAVE Alert.

RAVE Alert is capable of alerting the community via text message, email, or voice message and can use the person's registered address to better provide targeted information.

According to Lewis & Clark County Dispatch, only about eight percent of the county is currently signed up for the system.

Sheriff Leo Dutton asked that people sign up as soon as possible so they’ll be informed during an emergency.

“It’s best to sign up while the air is clear before water starts seeping in the front door and before fire is licking at your garage,” said Sheriff Dutton.

The system was recently used to help notify Augusta residents of road closures due to flooding.

Dispatch Center Manager Peter Callahan said the RAVE system is great for giving targeted information to the public.

“When we send out a notification, we use what is called geo-targeting,” said Callahan. “So if an event is happening in one part of the county we alert just those people affected.”

Officials said the information is confidential and unsearchable by law enforcement or dispatch.

For more information about the RAVE Alert system and how to sign up, click here.

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