As you may be aware, Scottish Borders Council has developed a communications system which links in with our Neighbourhood Watch communications system.
SBAlert officially launched today, and administrators from Scottish Borders Council, along with Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and the NHS, will now be sending out local safety related messages.
As you are already registered through the Neighbourhood Watch system, there's no need to re-register. You can review your contact settings by clicking 'Change Settings' on this message and choosing the partners you wish to hear from, as well as the types of message you would like to receive.
Please encourage your friends, neighbours and family in Scottish Borders to sign up to receive these important safety alerts at www.sbalert.co.uk
If you have any questions about SBAlert, please get in touch by clicking the 'Reply to Sender' button at the bottom of this message.
The press release from Scottish Borders Council is below.
News release from Scottish Borders Council: Thursday 23 October 2014
Scottish first as new emergency messaging system launched
An innovative new messaging system entitled SB Alert has been launched today (Thursday 23 October).
In the same week that the national Ready for Winter campaign kicked off, SB Alert will provide individuals and organisations in communities across the Scottish Borders with up-to-date emergency advice, weather warnings and utility failure updates.
It will also alert local residents to crimes, safety and any trading standards issues affecting their community, in what is the first project of its kind to be rolled out across a local authority area in Scotland. It is supported by a local partnership of Scottish Borders Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Borders.
The initiative, which is free to sign up to at www.sbalert.co.uk, can provide alerts by phone, text or email, as well as regular newsletters from the organisations in the partnership. The type of alert received can be chosen when signing up and individuals can withdraw from the system at any time.
SBC Leader David Parker, said: “We are delighted with the support of the Scottish Government and partner agencies in helping to launch SB Alert. We can see it proving really useful for people across the Scottish Borders.
“The system is being launched to coincide with the Government’s Get Ready for winter campaign, and will be particularly helpful over the coming months when bad weather and power failures are more likely to occur.”
Jim Fraser, SBC Emergency Planning Officer, added: “We have been working with our partners for some time to develop a multi-agency system that is capable of alerting our communities.
“We think that during an incident, SB Alert can help keep our local communities well informed so that they are in the best possible position to respond and work with a range of public agency partners to support and assist their local towns and villages.”
As well as signing up at www.sbalert.co.uk members of the public can also call 0300 100 1800.
See full press release at Scottish Borders Council Website.
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