Brevard County Emergency Management Plans Countywide AlertBrevard Test Thursday, May 11
By Space Coast Daily // May 8, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Emergency Management will dial up more than 150,000 county residents on May 11 as part of a system-wide test of the AlertBrevard emergency notification system.
Please visit www.embrevard.com to register for AlertBrevard to be a part of this test.
The test will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 11, as part of Hurricane Preparedness week, which runs May 7-13.
Brevard County Emergency Management implemented the Everbridge Notification System, locally known as AlertBrevard, on Oct. 1, 2016, just days before Hurricane Matthew. The system was then used to notify almost 40,000 residents of evacuation orders in the barrier islands.
“By testing the system and contacting all of these residents, they can be made aware of the notification system, how it works, and how they can edit their information to include emails and cell phone numbers,” said Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser.
“This test can improve the data available to notify residents and test how long it takes to notify all 156,000 residents currently in the system.”
Since AlertBrevard’s enactment, over 4,000 Brevard County residents have chosen to “opt in” to the system by going to the Brevard County Emergency Management website and entering contact information and notification preferences. Contact information for an additional 4,476 residents has been transferred from the old system to the new system.
Most of the AlertBrevard data comes from the Yellow or White pages, resulting in 148,129 residents that can be contacted by their home or business phone.
AlertBrevard has the ability to send automatic weather alerts and geographic-specific law enforcement and utility notifications. Just like during Matthew, the system can be used to alert the public about protective measures including: evacuation orders, boil water notices and other emergency-related incidents.
AlertBrevard has the ability to hold five different addresses and up to 10 contact methods.
Please visit www.embrevard.com to register for AlertBrevard to receive automatic weather, law enforcement, utility and emergency notifications specific to your location.
Currently the following agencies have partnered with Emergency Management to create a unified mission for alert and warning notifications throughout the county: Brevard County Sherriff’s Office, Brevard County Utilities, Titusville Police Department, City of Cocoa, City of Cocoa Beach, and the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department.