New York's electronic alert system will go citywide
An alert system that sends text messages, emails and voicemail to New Yorkers about everything from natural disasters to subway delays will be available citywide at the end of the month.
The program, Notify NYC, will be open to all residents beginning on May 28, and will allow users to register multiple email addresses or phone numbers, city officials said Monday.
Currently, the alerts are only available to residents of four neighborhoods.You can be just about anywhere and receive instantaneous information about events of concern in your community, or any other area of the city, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Subscribers can sign up for different types of alerts: Serious emergencies, such as hurricanes or AMBER alerts; non-emergency updates about mass transit disruptions, power outages and public health alerts; and notices about parking rules and school closures.
People can sign up by going to nyc.gov or calling 311.
Since the pilot program began in December 2007, the Office of Emergency Management has sent out 70 alerts to 12,800 subscribers.