Bay County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that is used to contact County residents via phone messages, text messages and/or e-mail messages in case of emergency. The system, called BAY Alerts, will be used by Bay County 9-1-1 to notify residents of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuation and shelter-in-place.
The system utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted. If the call is picked up by an answering machine or voicemail, BAY Alerts will leave a recorded message. If the number called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial the number in an attempt to deliver the message. The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.
Because the BAY Alerts system uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system. If you have a cellular phone and want to be notified on that device, or if you want an e-mail notifications, you must register the cell phone number(s) and/or e-mail address by clicking on BAY Alerts.Because the BAY Alerts system uses geomaping, each telephone number and/or e-mail address can only be associated with one street address in the system.
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