Emergency system accepting sign-ups in central Pennsylvania

The South Central Task Force is asking people in the Midstate to sign up for a free emergency alert system.

South Central Alert covers Franklin, Adams, Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster and York Counties. People can sign up for multiple alerts in different counties using different devices. During emergencies, such as evacuations, winter power outages, and hostage situations, the system will send alerts as text messages, emails, and phone calls.

“It’s important for us to make sure that we don’t misuse it,” Cumberland County Public Safety Communications Specialist Megan Silverstrim said. “Because we don’t want to send alerts out for the everyday thunderstorm that rolls through our area, in our region. We want to make sure that we aren’t bugging people with the simple stuff so they get bored and stop listening to us.”

People who want to sign up can visit the website: http://www.sctfpa.org. Registering takes less than five minutes, and organizers say all information stays secure.

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