City of Brookhaven, GA, Encourages Residents to Sign Up for Alert App
BROOKHAVEN, GA. – According to a news story reported online at patch.com, the City of Brookhaven, Georgia, is encouraging residents to sign up for an alert app that will update them about emergencies in the area. Officials want residents to have the alerts after a series of traffic accidents have left streets gridlocked.*
The City of Brookhaven’s automated alerts can help residents stay on top of emergencies and hazards in the area. On January 31, for instance, a traffic accident happened on Peachtree Road and North Druid Hills in Brookhaven. The crash blocked all lanes of traffic in the area during a busy time of the afternoon.
Most people driving in the area at the time did not know about the wreck until they reached the backed up traffic. However, people signed up for Brookhaven Alerts received a text or email about the wreck so they knew to avoid the area. They also received a message telling them when the wreck was cleared away.
Only a couple days before that wreck, a fire off of Windsor Parkway in Brookhaven caused a section of that road to close. People with the alert system knew what was going on in the area and were able to find another route before getting struck in traffic.
“Authorities use Brookhaven Alert to notify the community in real time,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura. “We use it for critical communication with the public so we can provide information needed to stay safe, take precautions, or take corrective action during hazardous or emergency situations.”
Residents can sign up by downloading the Smart911 app on their cell phones or by visiting brookhavenga.gov/brookhavenalert. Users can opt to receive alerts by email, test message, or voicemail on their cell phones.
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