The city of Kissimmee has launched its new Emergency Notification System for residents and visitors thanks to Everbridge Mass Alerting and a Partnership with AlertOsceola!, a program through Osceola County Emergency Management.
The city encourages residents to sign up for both of the following types of notifications:
General Emergency Alerts: To receive general alerts about emergency situations impacting the entire City, text “KISSIMMEE” to 888777.
Location Specific Alerts: The location-based emergency notification system, commonly referred to as "Reverse 9-1-1," allows the city to alert you to emergency situations that are a threat to life or property, or situations deemed dangerous by public safety officials. This may include but is certainly not limited to neighborhood/business evacuation notifications, man-made disasters, hazardous materials incidents, missing persons, or crime.
With the decline of landline telephones, it makes notifications almost impossible for public safety officials to notify residents with only cell phones as the standard contact database can only reach landline home and business telephone numbers. However, enrolling at www.kissimmee.org/alertme allows residents and visitors to register to receive alerts for up to five different locations (i.e. their home, work, or the home of a family member) via a phone call, text message, or email.
While the city is encouraging public enrollment, it’s also important for residents and visitors to use as many forms of communication as possible to stay informed during an emergency. Stay tuned to news broadcasts, radio stations, social media websites, weather radios, among others. Residents should not wait for formal notifications when in danger and should take whatever action is necessary to keep themselves safe.
Any information provided to the City for the purpose of receiving emergency alerts is exempt from public records, meaning the information is safe and confidential.
For more information about the city of Kissimmee visit, www.kissimmee.org.