The alerts will tell you what to do and how to stay informed in an emergency situation. The alerts are available by text, email, cell phone, home phone, work phone, instant messaging, or fax. So you'll get instant access to information no matter where you are.
Being forewarned about dangerous weather, a neighborhood evacuation or an emergency road closure has never been easier. The new BC Alert system allows residents greater freedom to pick and choose what kind of notifications they want to receive, how they would like to receive them, as well as specify particular times during the day when they would prefer to block any incoming notifications. Residents can even sign up for alerts based on zip code, street address or radius from a specific point. So if you live in one city in Benton County and work in another within the county, you can sign up for alerts in both locations and points in between. There are also a number of new notification topics now available through the state-of-the-art alerting system.
To a large extent, it’s up to you. The number of alerts you receive depends on the types of alerts you sign up for, and how often emergencies happen. For example, you may get many messages each week if you sign up for community information alerts. But you may get severe weather alerts far less often. If you feel you are getting too few or too many alerts, you can adjust your alert settings. You can even customize your alert settings at any time to help adjust the number of alerts you receive; including "quiet times" when you won't receive messages.
Yes, it is a free service offered by Benton County and only takes about five minutes to sign up. Standard messaging and data rates may apply. Check your wireless plan for details.
Yes, Benton County will not sell your email address or phone number, and they only use this information to send you alert notifications.
You can control what alerts you get. When you sign up, you will be asked to choose what kind of alerts you want, including:/
In an emergency situation, an alert will be sent by the BC Alert system to inform residents of the situation and may give instructions on how to react. Residents should then promptly follow instructions and continue to keep devices near them if subsequent information follows. Even if a resident is using their electronic device when the alert is issued, the alert should still come through.
Individuals may sign-up for a BC Alert account in order to receive emergency alerts and notifications. Multiple devices can be added to each individual account and alerts can be sent to all devices listed. In order to sign up for an account, follow the instructions on the Sign Up page on the BC Alert.com website.
Yes, each alert network sends messages to the registered users and does not distinguish between individuals registered on multiple systems.
In less than five minutes, customize free emergency alerts to your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Get instant access to information to protect yourself and your loved ones.