Following recent local problems with the Nixle emergency system, as well as the widely publicized issues with the platform during the devastating fires in Boulder County and Maui, Montezuma County has launched a new emergency alert system that will allow residents to receive emergency alerts for severe weather, road closures, evacuations, missing persons and more.
The Cortez Police Department says this is a more reliable and accurate system, allowing emergency personnel to tailor alerts to specific neighborhoods or groups of people who face an imminent threat rather than a notification to the entire county.
Residents requested the police look into a new system after the shooting on Empire Street a few weeks ago, since many who lived in the area said they had not received alerts.
Everbridge, the name of the new alert platform, is an "opt-in" system. Residents can choose what kinds of messages they want to receive, as well as how and when they receive them.
During the sign-up process, community members will have the option to receive alerts via cellphone call, text message, email or all of the above. Notifications are personalized based on what each individual person would like to be notified about in the area in which they live.
The police department emphasized that Nixle subscribers must opt into this system to receive alerts and messages. Information provided during sign up is protected and will not be used for purposes other than emergency alerts.
To subscribe, download the Everbridge app or signup directly on the Montezuma County signup page at https://member.everbridge.net/337829242601830/login
If help is needed during the sign up process, residents can call (970) 564-4998.
The PD asks that residents do not call dispatch for help signing up for the new alert system. Step-by-step instructions can also be fosund on the county website at www.montezumacounty.org.